Fingal hurling team

Irish: Fine Gall
Nickname(s): The Ravens
The Northsiders
Colours:Purple and white
Ground(s):Lawless Memorial Park, Swords
Dominant sport:Hurling
NHL: Division 2B
Hurling Championship: Nicky Rackard Cup
Standard colours

The Fingal hurling team (Irish: Foireann Iománaíochta Fhine Ghaill) is an inter-county hurling team fielded by the Dublin County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) since 2008 that represents the Fingal region of north County Dublin. The team currently competes in the Kehoe Cup, Division 3A of the National Hurling League and the Nicky Rackard Cup.[1] Fingal are currently managed by Mick Kennedy of the Fingallians club.[2]

The Fingal team is made up of players from Dublin clubs within the Fingal region. While players from Fingal are eligible to play for the Dublin county team, players from outside of Fingal are not eligible to play for the Fingal county team. The Fingal catchment area stretches from Blanchardstown to Balbriggan and contains a total of 16 clubs; these include Castleknock, Erin go Bragh, Fingallians, Naomh Barróg, Naomh Mearnóg, O'Dwyers, Setanta, Skerries Harps, St Brigids, St Finians (N), St Maurs, St Pats Donabate, St Peregrines, St Sylvesters, Trinity Gaels and Wild Geese.[3]


The Fingal hurling team which played in the 2008 Nicky Rackard Cup semi-final.

In 2007, the GAA announced that hurling teams from Fingal and "South Down" (i.e. excluding the Ards peninsula) would compete at inter-county level in parallel to the main Dublin and Down hurling teams, to encourage hurling in these areas where the game had not been strong.[4] In 2008, Fingal entered the Kehoe Cup which is a pre-season tournament for second and third-tier inter-county and third-level hurling teams. Fingal won their debut match against IT Tallaght by 3–12 to 1–11 to qualify for the quarter-final stages.[5] Their next match was drawn against Carlow whom they lost to by 1–13 to 1–10.[6] Later that year, both Fingal and South Down were entered into the Nicky Rackard Cup, which is a competition for the third-tier hurling teams of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Fingal qualified for the semi-finals after finishing top of their group and beating Leitrim in the quarter-finals by 1–19 to 0–12.[7] However, Fingal lost the semi-final to Sligo by 1–16 to 0–11, who later went on to win the competition.[8]

Fingal claimed their first piece of silverware in 2012 when they won the Kehoe Cup Shield, beating Armagh in the final by 4–11 to 1–14.[9] They topped off the year by winning division 3A of the National Hurling League after Monaghan refused to play in the final.[10]


In April 2012, the Dublin County Board announced a new partnership with Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) which would provide the Fingal team with a sponsor for the first time in its 5-year history. The DAA had previously supported local GAA clubs in the Fingal area including St Margarets, Naomh Mearnóg and St Sylvesters.[11]


Senior panel as of 23 March 2013.

No. Position Player Club
1 G Hilary Murray-Hession St Sylvesters
2 RCB Niall Feeney Naomh Mearnóg
3 FB David Markey Fingallians
4 LCB Alan Morris St Sylvesters
5 RHB Niall Ring Naomh Barróg
6 CB Dermot Vaughan Fingallians
7 LHB Paddy Sheridan Fingallians
8 M Dave Hattie St Finians (N)
9 M Andrew Richardson (capt) St Sylvesters
10 RHF Dean Flood Naomh Barróg
11 CF Peter Daly Fingallians
12 LHF JM Sheridan Fingallians
13 RCF Cillian O'Flynn St Sylvesters
14 FF Dave Smyth St Brigids
15 LCF Brian McCarthy Naomh Mearnóg
No. Position Player Club
16 Sub Craig Harford St Maurs
17 Sub Paul McAllister St Maurs
18 Sub Graham Morris St Sylvesters
19 Sub Ian Kennedy Fingallians
20 Sub Rob Sheridan Trinity Gaels
21 Sub Conor Donegan St Maurs
22 Sub Danny Fallon St Pats Donabate
23 Sub Kevin Larkin Erin go Bragh
24 Sub Adam Rooney Naomh Barróg
25 Sub Bryan Kelly St Pats Donabate
26 Sub Kevin O'Flynn St Sylvesters

Management team

Managerial history

YearsNameClubKehoe Cup titlesNational League titlesNicky Rackard titles
2008–2010Denis MurphySkerries Harps
2011–2011Ben DorneySt Vincents
2012–2012Willie BurkeSt Brigids2012 (Shield)2012 (Div. 3A)
2013–Mick KennedyFingallians2013 (Div. 3A)





  1. "Dublin County Board back Fingal's motion to rejoin hurling championship". The Irish Times. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-28.
  2. "Kennedy assumes Fingal hotseat". Fingal Independent. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  3. "Fingal are up for the fight". Evening Herald. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  4. Gavin Cummiskey (17 May 2007). "Down, Dublin teams to compete in Rackard". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  5. "Review of Walsh & Kehoe Cup action". RTÉ Sport. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  6. "Review of Kehoe Cup action". RTÉ Sport. 12 March 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  7. "Nicky Rackard Cup round-up". RTÉ Sport. 6 August 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  8. "Nicky Rackard Cup round-up". RTÉ Sport. 13 January 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  9. "First ever silverware for Fingal hurling". Fingal Independent. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  10. "Monaghan will not fulfil hurling final". RTÉ Sport. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  11. "Community Sponsorship". Dublin Airport Authority. Retrieved 16 March 2013.

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