Ryan McMenamin

Ryan McMenamin
Personal information
Irish name Rian Mac Meanmán
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Corner Back
Born Canada
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Nickname Ricey
Occupation Civil Servant
Years Club
Dromore St. Dympna's
Club titles
Tyrone titles 3
Years County Apps (scores)
Tyrone 42[1]
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 5
All-Irelands 3

Ryan 'Ricey' McMenamin is a Canadian-born Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Tyrone. McMenamin has won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, two Ulster Championships and two National League titles with the county. Forging a reputation for being a bit of a bad boy during his career,[2] he was awarded an All Star for his performances in 2005.

McMenamin plays his club football for St. Dympna's Dromore and has won two Tyrone Senior Football Championships with the club.

Despite normally starting at corner back for his county, he is not a traditional corner back, often running with the ball up the pitch, and getting himself into scoring positions.[3] However, his marking is among the best in the country, and often marks the opposition's leading scorers.[4] He also plays at centre half back for his club.

Playing career


In 2003 McMenamin helped Tyrone win the county's first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship. Two years later he won a second All-Ireland medal with Tyrone, and received an All Star award for his performances that year. In 2006, he captained the much-depleted side due to injury to the captain, Brian Dooher. The side were knocked out of the Championship by Laois in July. In 2008, he won a third All-Ireland with Tyrone. In the winter of 2012, McMenamin retired from Inter-county football and is no longer with the Tyrone senior setup.


McMenamin helped Dromore win the Tyrone Senior Football Championship in 2007, beating Coalisland in the final. Dromore also reached the following year's final, but were defeated by Clonoe. In 2009 he once again helped Dromore win the Tyrone Senior Football Championship in dramatic style against Ardboe

International rules

McMenamin has represented Ireland in the International Rules Series.

Disciplinary problems

Discipline has been an underlying problem in McMenamin's career, which at times threatened to overshadow his achievements. This indiscipline has been apparent throughout his career,[5][6] and he has made a name for his verbal taunting of his direct opponents during matches as well,[7][8] which was mentioned by Oisin McConville in his autobiography.[9]

His 2005 achievements were blotted somewhat by his disciplinary record. He was given a yellow card late on in the replayed Ulster Championship, for dropping his knee onto a fallen player. This was upgraded to a sending off after the game, which meant that McMenamin would be suspended for the following four weeks,[10] but Tyrone launched an appeal, employing the services of former player, and practising solicitor, Fergal Logan.[11] The appeal was successful but only after McMenamin missed the All-Ireland qualifier against Monaghan.[12]

In the opening game of the 2007 Ulster Senior Football Championship, despite being one of the few first choice panellists available on the injury-hit side, he was substituted just before half time because he had already picked up a yellow card and a ticking—meaning he was one bad tackle away from being sent off. He was visibly upset when he was shown coming off the field.[13]

As a result of his behaviour in a league match against Kerry on Sunday 15 February, where he was seen to grab Paul Galvin in the groin area, he was banned for eight weeks. Initially the ban was for six weeks, but due to the nature of McMenamin's behaviour the ban was raised to eight weeks, when the Tyrone County Board appealed the initial six-week ban. In addition to the incident with Paul Galvin for which he received the ban, McMenamim was involved in a number of unsavoury incidents throughout the match, which led to intense criticism in the media.[14][15][16][17]


  1. Bogue, Declan (16 May 2008). "McGrane set for '60'". Gaelic Life.
  2. Keys, Colm (13 November 2012). "McMenamin: I played on the edge to win". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  3. "ARMAGH MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW". Archived from the original on 21 August 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2007.
  4. "McMenamin is doubtful for Tyrone". BBC News. 26 August 2005. Retrieved 14 April 2007.
  5. "McMenamin sent off in Dromore win". BBC News. 8 October 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  6. "Tyrone duo set for comeback". Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  7. "McMenamin could get 12-week ban". BBC News. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  8. "Tyrone find form". Irish Independent. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007.
  9. "McMenamin to keep quiet". Hogan Stand. Retrieved 17 November 2007.
  10. "Harte vows to fight McMenamin suspension". RTÉ News. 5 August 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  11. "Wexford county board rally behind Forde". RTÉ News. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  12. "McMenamin back to face Dubs". RTÉ News. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 15 February 2007.
  13. "Fermanagh 1–9 0–13 Tyrone". BBC Northern Ireland. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2007.
  14. Keane, Billy (21 February 2009). "Galvin tackle well below belt". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  15. Keys, Colm (17 February 2009). "Caught on Camera". Irish Independent. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  16. "McMenamin facing CCCC investigation". The Irish Times. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  17. "McMenamin antics do Tyrone no favours". Irish Independent. 22 February 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
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