10 Successful GAA Families

The power of the family has been the cornerstone of the GAA’s evolvement over the last century. Some have seen generations win All-Irelands, All-Stars or represent their county at the highest level. SportsNews IRELAND looks at 10 families who have graced county colours:
JIMMY AND PAUL KERRIGAN – Jimmy won five All-Ireland club titles with Nemo Rangers and was part of Cork’s back-to-back winning team in 1989 and 1990. Paul picked up his Celtic Cross with the Rebels in 2010 and won an under 21 title three years earlier.

RICHIE SNR, RICHIE JNR AND JOHN POWER – Richie Senior started his Kilkenny career winning league and championship doubles in 1982 and 1983. Richie Junior had eight All-Ireland medals and two All-Stars before wrapping up while John has already two won.

JIMMY AND DARREN FAY – Darren was Meath’s full back in 1996 and 1999 in All-Ireland winning years and picked up three All-Stars. His father Jimmy was on the Meath team that competed in the 1970 final against Kerry with uncle Mickey getting 10 points.

JOE AND SHANE DOOLEY – Joe won three All-Irelands with Offaly over 18 years getting 14-72. He shared those successes with brothers Billy and Johnny. Son Shane has already scored 12-45 in his inter county career and has county titles in both codes with Tullamore.

JIM AND DAVID McINERNEY – Jim, known as ‘Bulldog’ was a member of Clare’s All-Ireland winning panel in 1995 and a key player in their rise to that moment. His son David debuted in 2013 leading to All-Ireland senior and under 21 medals along with an All-Star.

TIM AND SEAN FLOOD – Tim scored 26-59 between 1947 and 1962 as Wexford won three All-Ireland hurling titles. Sean played a key part to their return to the winner’s enclosure in 1996 but a leg fracture ruled him out of the final against Limerick.

MICHAEL, JOHN AND MICHAEL DONNELLAN – Michael won for Galway in 1925. Sons John and Pat were part of the 1960s three-in-a-row. John captained the 1964 team the same day his father passed away. John’s son Michael won two All-Irelands in 1998 and 2001.

JACKIE AND GER POWER- Jackie got two hurling All-Irelands with Limerick in 1936 and 1940. Son Ger was part of Kerry’s eight crowns between 1975 and 1986. Daughter Sheila was an All-Ireland winner with Kerry and grandson Stephen McNamara with Clare’s 1995 hurlers.

MARTIN, MARK AND RYAN McHUGH – Martin won an All-Ireland with Donegal in 1992 and two All-Stars before managing Cavan to an Ulster title. Mark was part of the 2012 winning side and Ryan was Young Player of the Year in 2014.

BERNARD, ALAN AND BERNARD BROGAN – Bernard Senior won three All-Irelands in the 1970s including scoring a goal in the 1977 win over Armagh. He also won an All-Star and was followed by sons Alan and Bernard, key members of Dublin’s four titles this decade.


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