Micheál O'Brien

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Micheál O'Brien
Personal information
Irish name Micheál Ó Briain
Sport Gaelic football
Position Left corner-back
Born June 1923
Skryne, County Meath, Ireland
Died 14 May 2015 (aged 91)
Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland
Club(s)
YearsClub
Skryne
Club titles
Meath titles 6
Inter-county(ies)
YearsCounty
1942-1955 Meath
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 4
All-Irelands 2
NFL 1

Micheál O'Brien (June 1923 – 14 May 2015) was an Irish Gaelic footballer and hurler who played for the Meath senior team. [1] [2]

Irish people Ethnic group with Celtic and other roots, native to the island of Ireland, with shared history and culture

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Gaelic football Irish team sport, form of football derived from traditional Irish ball games

Gaelic football, commonly referred to as football or Gaelic, is an Irish team sport. It is played between two teams of 15 players on a rectangular grass pitch. The objective of the sport is to score by kicking or punching the ball into the other team's goals or between two upright posts above the goals and over a crossbar 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) above the ground.

Hurling outdoor team game

Hurling is an outdoor team game of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. It is administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). The game has prehistoric origins, and has been played for 4,000 years. One of Ireland's native Gaelic games, it shares a number of features with Gaelic football, such as the field and goals, the number of players, and much terminology. There is a similar game for women called camogie. It shares a common Gaelic root with the sport of shinty, which is played predominantly in Scotland.

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Born in Skryne, County Meath, O'Brien first played competitive Gaelic games in his youth. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of nineteen when he first linked up with the Meath senior team before later joining the junior hurling side. He made his senior debut during the 1942 championship. O'Brien immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen and won two All-Ireland medals, four Leinster medals and one National Football League medal. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions.

Skryne Village in Leinster, Ireland

Skryne, officially Skreen, is a village with a population of 1403, situated on and around a hill between the N2 and N3 national primary roads in County Meath, Ireland. It is situated on the far side of the Gabhra valley from the Hill of Tara. This valley is sometimes referred to as the Tara-Skryne Valley. The Hill of Skryne is higher than the neighbouring Hill of Tara. About 1170 Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath granted Skryne to Adam de Feypo, whose descendants used the customary title Baron Skryne. A 15th-century church, known locally as Skryne tower or The Steeple, remains in good condition at the top of the hill and is visible from a large area of Meath. At the foot of the tower is a pub and stables that feature in the Guinness "white Christmas" television advertisement.

County Meath County in the Republic of Ireland

County Meath is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the Mid-East Region. It is named after the historic Kingdom of Meath. Meath County Council is the local authority for the county. At the 2016 census, the population of the county was 195,044. The county town of Meath is Navan. Other towns in the county include Trim, Kells, Laytown, Ashbourne, Dunboyne, and Slane.

The 1942 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 56th staging of Ireland's premier Gaelic football knock-out competition. Dublin won their fifteenth title, drawing level with Kerry in the all-time standings.

As a member of the Leinster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions O'Brien won four Railway Cup medals. At club level he was a six-time championship medallist with Skryne.

The Leinster Council is a Provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders and handball in the province of Leinster. The Leinster Council has been partnered with the European County Board to help develop Gaelic Games in Europe. Leinster Council's main contribution to this goal is the provision of referees.

The Meath Senior Football Championship is an annual Gaelic Athletic Association club competition between the top Gaelic football clubs in Meath, Ireland. The winners of the Meath Senior Football Championship winners qualify to represent their county in the Leinster Senior Club Football Championship and in turn, go on to the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. In the 2018 final, St Peters Dunboyne defeated Summerhill 1-11 to 0-09 in the final.

Skryne GFC is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in the Village of Skryne, in County Meath, Ireland. The club mainly plays Gaelic Football. It competes in Meath GAA competitions. Skryne has the second most Meath Senior Football Championship titles after Navan O Mahony's. Every All-Ireland Winning Meath team has had a Skryne player as a panel member. Skryne have never been relegated from Senior level in the football championship.

His cousin, Paddy "Hands" O'Brien was also an All-Ireland medallist with Meath.

Paddy "Hands" O'Brien was an Irish Gaelic footballer who played as a full-back for the Meath senior team.

O'Brien retired from inter-county football following the conclusion of the 1955 championship.

The 1955 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was the 69th staging of Ireland's premier Gaelic football knock-out competition.

Honours

Team

Skryne
Meath
Leinster

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References

  1. "Death of Meath legend Micheal O Brien". Hogan Stand. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  2. "Death of All Ireland medallist, Micheál O'Brien". The Meath Chronicle. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015.