Pete McGrath

Petar McGrath
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Born County Down, Northern Ireland
Occupation Teacher
Club management
Years Club
Inter-county management
Years County
Inter-county titles
County League Province All-Ireland
Down 1 6 3

Pete McGrath (born 6 June 1953) is an Irish Gaelic football manager and former manager of the Down senior football team. Pete is well famed for his managerial qualities and his half time team talk antics.

Professional career

McGrath was employed for many years as a teacher at St Colman's College, Newry.[1] He retired from this position in 2006.[2]

Management career

In 1987 McGrath was in charge of the Down team that won the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.[1] He managed the Down senior team between 1989 and 2002,[3] and was at the helm when Down won the Ulster and All Ireland Senior Championships in 1991 and 1994.[4] He managed the Ireland team in the International Rules Series in 2004[5] and 2005.[2]

McGrath managed the Down under 21 team to the All Ireland final in 2009,[6] before stepping down in October 2009.[7]

McGrath has had spells in club management with Cooley Kickhams,[8] An Riocht,[9] and Bryansford.[10] He also coached the gaelic football teams at St Colman's College, guiding them to five Hogan Cup wins between 1975 and 1998 with Ray Morgan.[11]

In October 2010, he returned to county management after being named as the Down minor manager on a three-year term, his second time in charge of the team.[1][12]

He is certainly manager of the Fermanagh Senior Football team. He is in his second term as manager there after taking the post in 2014. He has taken Fermanagh to the All Ireland Quarter Finals in 2015 and earlier that year gained promotion to Division Two of the Allianz Football League.






  1. 1 2 3 "Down boss McGrath bids to repeat success of '87". Belfast Telegraph. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  2. 1 2 "The Mentors". Celebrity Bainisteoir. RTÉ Television. March 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. "Dream team for Down?". BBC Sport. 10 June 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  4. "McGrath expresses interest in Down return". RTÉ Sport. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  5. "Pete McGrath confirmed as Ireland Rules boss". 30 March 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  6. "Cork 1-13 2-9 Down". BBC Sport. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  7. "McGrath resigns as Down U21 boss". BBC Sport. 28 October 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  8. "McGrath gets Cooley job". 12 December 2003. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  9. "All Ireland Football Championship: This is Down's biggest test yet, says Pete McGrath". Belfast Telegraph. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  10. "Down Senior Football Championship: Bryansford breeze to replay success". Belfast Telegraph. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  11. "A football education". Irish Examiner. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  12. "Pete McGrath appointed Down minor manager". BBC Sport. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jackie McManus
Down Senior Football manager
Succeeded by
Paddy O'Rourke
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