23 signs that you're an Offaly sports fan

G’wan the Faithful.

23. Win, lose or draw – you’re always proud of your county

Pic: INPHO/Donall Farmer

22. Unlike Clare fans with Brian Lohan in the ’90s, you didn’t let out quite the same throaty roar every time Kevin Kinahan cleared his lines

Sure isn’t that what he’s there for?

21. You’re not sure about giving Antrim that guard of honour after losing to them in 1989

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

20. You reckon Tullamore’s Susan Moran was the greatest female basketballer of all time

Pic: INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

19. You claim to have given Johnny Pilkington a pull of a cigarette at half-time in a league game in Birr

Pic: INPHO/James Meehan

18. And you have a strong opinion on the hurling being moved out of Birr

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

17. You loved the passion of the St Mary’s Edenderry winning speech when they claimed the All-Ireland colleges title last year

Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

16. You’re proud of Birr’s Barry Glendenning for his work with AC Jimbo on the Guardian’s Football Weekly

YouTube: TheGuardian

15. And keeping on the TV punditry theme, you trust Regan and Duignan for hurling opinions

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

14. You’re not happy about Matt Connor’s exclusion from the Teams of the Century and Millennium

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

13. And you haven’t rated the All Stars since Brian Whelehan, 1994 Hurler of the Year, missed out on one that same year


12. You’ve considered naming your first born Joachim after this man

11. You insist that John Troy was the wristiest hurler ever

Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

10. You have a stock of sheep euphemisms thanks to Babs Keating in ’98

9. You showed your county colours when supporting Shane Lowry as he won the Irish Open in 2009

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

8. And you’d throw your weight behind any campaign to get him on the Irish rugby squad

Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

7. You regard club hurling bosses as legends

Pad Joe Whelehan (Birr)


Kevin Martin (Tullamore)

Pic: INPHO/James Crombie

Danny Owens (Kilcormac-Killoughey)

Pic: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

6. You didn’t share the rest of the country’s joy at Clare’s breakthrough in 1995

5. You reckon the Offaly roots that this man has would enable him to shine as a hurler

Pic: Maxwells/PA Archive/Press Association Images

4. You had serious craic when sitting down on the Croke Park pitch on August 22nd 1998

3. You’re glad now that you didn’t leave the 1994 All-Ireland hurling final five minutes early

Go to 8.48

YouTube: Bryansford Gael

2. You believe this book should be on the curriculum in Offaly schools

1. And you will always argue that Seamus Darby did not push Tommy Doyle in 1982

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Fintan O'Toole

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