Tyrone GAA

Tyrone GAA
Irish: Tír Eoghain
Province: Ulster
Nickname(s): The O'Neill County
The Red hands
County colours:          
Ground(s): Healy Park, Omagh
Dominant sport: Gaelic Football
NFL: Division 1
NHL: Division 3B
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Nicky Rackard Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: Nancy Murray Cup
Standard kit
Regular kit
Change kit
This is Healy Park. This is the main Gaelic Football & Hurling grounds for Tyrone in Omagh.

The Tyrone County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Coiste Chontae Tír Eoghain), or Tyrone GAA, is one of the 32 county boards of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Ireland. It is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tyrone and for the Tyrone inter-county teams.

Gaelic football


Tyrone have won three Gaelic Football All-Ireland finals, from five appearances. They lost in 1986 and 1995, but won in 2003, 2005 and 2008. They reached the semi final of the 2009 All-Ireland championship but lost to Cork. Tyrone won their first Ulster Championship in 1956, defending it successfully in 1957. The last time they won was in 2016. Tyrone have achieved fourteen Ulster titles. They have also won two National League titles, winning them in 2002, and 2003.

Healy Park in Omagh is the home grounds of Tyrone GAA

Tyrone were knocked out of the 2006 Gaelic Football Championship after a game against a superior Laois side, on a wet and dismal Saturday night in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.[1] They followed this up with a negative result in the 2007 National Football League. However Tyrone came back by winning the 2007 Ulster Senior Football Championship at Clones in July for the first time since 2003 but then lost to Meath in the All-Ireland Quarter Final. The Tyrone panel had been depleted by injury, with team captain Brian Dooher (shattered kneecap), inspirational play maker Brian McGuigan (damaged eye) and midfielder Colin Holmes ruled out for the season, while other key players, including Stephen O'Neill, Gerard Cavlan, Michael McGee and Conor Gormley, were all missing for most or all of the 2007 campaign due to injury. The 2008 campaign was once again plagued by injuries although things appear to be looking up for the red hands after a rather disappointing league campaign finishing with a mid table position. Things then got worse for Tyrone as they relinquished their Ulster title to Down after a replay in which Down won by a point after 160 minutes of football. After two wins in the Football Qualifiers against Louth at Drogheda and Westmeath at Healy Park in Omagh respectively, they faced Mayo in Round 3 on Saturday 2 August in Croke Park for a place in the quarter finals of the Championship. Tyrone went on to defeat Mayo with a scoreline of 0–13 to 1–9 meaning Tyrone earned a place in the quarter finals (last 8) of the championship, where they faced Leinster champions Dublin. Tyrone made the brighter start to this game with early points from Tommy McGugian and Colm McCullagh, Dublin got back to level terms however Tyrone pulled away with 2 further points the pick from captain Brian Dooher and a goal from Sean Cavanagh gave them a commanding 1–5 to 0–2 lead, a mix up in the Tyrone full back line lead to a soft Connall Keaney goal however Dublin's celebrations were short lived as a beautiful angled ball from Tommy McGuigan gave Joe McMahon a goal opportunity which he took to put Tyrone 2–5 to 1–2 up, Dublin scored another point before half-time to leave them trailing by 5 at half time. On the restart Tyrone added 2 points with McCullagh and Dooher the scorers. A brief Dublin revival followed with back to back points, But Tyrone raced up the field with Colin Holmes giving the ball to McCullagh who then picked out the running half back David Harte and he made no mistake with the finish giving Tyrone a 3rd goal and ending the game as a contest. Harte, Cavanagh and Dooher added points but Dublin looked like a beat team with 20 minutes to go. While no Tyrone player had a bad game the GAA man of the match award went to Brian Dooher who scored 3 points and also set up vital plays bringing the ball out of defense. Tyrone then faced Wexford for a place in the senior football final but earlier in the day it was the Tyrone minors who booked their place in the final with a complete football performance, and eased past Meath on a scoreline of 1–21 to 2–7. They faced Mayo in the final. The seniors then always looked confident in their meeting with Wexford. And after racking up an 8-point lead at half-time they went through pretty comfortably with 6 points to spare, However Wexford did cause problems during 10 minutes of the second half to bring the gap down to two points, then scores from Phillip Jordan, Colm McCullagh and Ryan McMenamin made sure that Tyrone would set up a September 21 date with All Ireland champions Kerry (who beat Cork earlier in the day 3–14 to 2–13). Tyrone's Colm McCullagh was named the GAA Man of the match after setting up and indeed taking crucial scores at the right times. Since then, Tyrone have gone downhill a lot, and were defeated in Killarney by Kerry in the 2012 All Ireland Championship.

In a thrilling All-Ireland Final Tyrone defeated Kerry 1–15 to 0–14 to win the Sam Maguire Cup for the third time. Sean Cavanagh was man of the match with a personal tally of 0–5 and Tommy McGuigan also weighed in with a crucial 1–1.

A week later the Tyrone Minor team defeated Mayo 1–20 to 1–15 in a replay to win the Thomas Markham Cup. Thus Tyrone became the first county since Kerry in 1980 to win All-Ireland Senior and Minor titles in the same year, and the first Ulster county ever to gain this achievement.

A house in Strabane showing support before 2008 All-Ireland final. Tyrone has a large support around the county.

Current football squad

No. Player Position Club
1 Niall Morgan Goalkeeper Edendork
2 Aidan McCrory Right Corner Back Errigal Ciarán
3 Ronan McNamee Full Back Aghyaran
4 Cathal McCarron Left Corner Back Dromore
5 Tiernan McCann Right Half Back Killyclogher
6 Justin McMahon Centre Half Back Omagh
7 Peter Harte Left Half Back Errigal Ciarán
8 Colm Cavanagh Midfield Moy
9 Mattie Donnelly Midfield Trillick
10 Cathal McShane Right Half Forward Owen Roe O'Neill's
11 Niall Sludden Centre Forward Dromore
12 Ronan McNabb Left Half Forward Dromore
13 Conor McAliskey Right Corner Forward Clonoe
14 Seán Cavanagh (c) Full Forward Moy
15 Ronan O'Neill Left Corner Forward Omagh
No. Player Position Club
16 Michael O'Neill Substitute Clonoe
17 Mark Bradley Substitute Killyclogher
18 Rory Brennan Substitute Trillick
19 Richie Donnelly Substitute Trillick
20 Pádriag Hampsey Substitute Coalisland
21 Conall McCann Substitute Killyclogher
22 Darren McCurry Substitute Edendork
23 Kieran McGeary Substitute Pomeroy Plunketts
24 Pádraig McNulty Substitute Dungannon
25 Jonathan Monroe Substitute Carrickmore
26 Barry Tierney Substitute Omagh

Squad as per Tyrone v Mayo, 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Quarter Final, 6 August 2016


All Stars

Tyrone have 40 All Stars.

Player 1980 1984 1986 1989 1994 1995 1996 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2008 2009 2010 2013
Kevin McCabeGreen tick
Eugene McKenna Green tickGreen tickGreen tick
Frank McGuigan Green tick
John Lynch Green tick
Plunkett Donaghy Green tick
Damien O'Hagan Green tick
Peter Canavan Green tickGreen tickGreen tick Green tickGreen tick Green tick
Fay Devlin Green tick
Finbar McConnell Green tick
Stephen O'Neill Green tick Green tick Green tick
Cormac McAnallen Green tick
Conor Gormley Green tick Green tickGreen tick
Philip Jordan Green tick Green tickGreen tick Green tick
Sean Cavanagh Green tickGreen tickGreen tickGreen tick Green tick
Brian Dooher Green tick Green tickGreen tick
Brian McGuigan Green tick
Ryan McMenamin Green tick
Eoin Mulligan Green tick
Justin McMahon Green tick
Davy Harte Green tick
Enda McGinley Green tick


Gerry Goodwin of Tyrone won the 1982 All-Ireland Poc Fada Championship.



High point of the Tyrone camogie story was the run of Eglish to the 1991 All-Ireland Senior Club Camogie Championship final. Led by the Jordan sisters they pulled off two of the shocks of the century in defeating Loughgiel in the Ulster final by 3–7 to 2–4 and then defeating Celtic of Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final, but lost the final heavily against Mullagh from Galway

Tyrone qualified for the All Ireland junior final of 1980 against Cork, defeating Armagh, Antrim and Louth in their path to the final. Ursula Jordan was the outstanding player of the era and in the history of camogie in the county, and was selected for Ulster’s Gael Linn Cup inter-provincial team. Ann Jordan, Sheila Burke and Paula Vallely were other notable players from the 1980s. Vera Campbell refereed the All Ireland senior finals of 1939, 1940 and 1943.

Tyrone won the Máire Ní Chinnéide Cup in 2008[4] and the fourth division of the National Camogie League in 2010.[5]

Under Camogie's National Development Plan 2010–2015, "Our Game, Our Passion,"[6] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[7]


  1. "First senior triumph for Tyrone", Cork Examiner, 07/05/1973
  2. Hoganstand.com – Profile
  3. 2008 Jun B Tyrone 4–11 Wicklow 0–3 on Camogie.ie
  4. 2010 Div 4 Tyrone 3–12 Westmeath 1–9 report in Westmeath Examiner
  5. "Final goal for camogie". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
  6. National Development Plan 2010–2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site
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