Jack O'Shea

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Jack O'Shea


Jack O' Shea
Personal information
Sport Gaelic Football
Irish Name Sean O Sé
Date of Birth November 19, 1957
Place of birth Kerry, Ireland
Club information
Club St Mary's
Position Forward
Club(s)*
Club Years Apps (scores)

? -?
Inter County
County Kerry
Position Midfield
Inter County(ies)**
County Years Apps (scores)
Kerry ?- ?
All-Ireland 7
All-Stars 6

* club appearances and scores
correct as of .
**Inter County team apps and scores correct
as of .

Jack O'Shea (born November 19, 1957) is an All-Ireland winning Gaelic footballer from County Kerry. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.[citation needed]

Jack O'Shea was born in Caherciveen, County Kerry in 1957. As a boy he showed a talent for Gaelic football, watching Mick O'Dwyer and Mick O'Connell training in his native town. After making his minor debut against Waterford in the 1974 Munster Championship "Jacko" went on to represent the Under-21s with whom he won a record four All-Ireland medals in a row. The natural progression to the Kerry County senior team came in 1977 and after a disappointing All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin, Kerry went on to achieve an exceptional four-in-a-row between 1978 and 1981. O'Shea playing in midfield was integral to that success, yet it is arguable that his greatest ever game for the Kingdom came in the 1984 All-Ireland semi-final against Galway. His footballing prowess earned him a place on the Sunday Independent/Irish Nationwide team of the century.

O'Shea captained the side in the centenary year of the Gaelic Athletic Association, 1984, a side that won three All-Ireland's in a row between 1984 and 1986. 1986 would be O'Shea's last All-Ireland medal but the midfielder remained on the team until 1992. His last game was in the Munster final against Clare when Kerry were beaten. The loss brought Jacko's sixteen-year career with Kerry to end, during which time he won three National Leagues, ten Munster titles and seven All-Irelands. He was also the recipient of six GAA All Stars Awards from 1980 to 1985. O'Shea also played a central role on Ireland's International Rules team. He was captain for the series against the powerful Australians in 1984 and 1986 and was again part of the panel in 1990. He was a member of the GAA Football Team of the Century in 1984.

Preceded by
Mikey Sheehy
(Kerry)
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1980
Succeeded by
retained
Preceded by
current holder
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1981
Succeeded by
Martin Furlong
(Offaly)
Preceded by
Tommy Drumm
(Dublin)
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1984
Succeeded by
retained
Preceded by
current holder
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1985
Succeeded by
Pat Spillane
(Kerry)

 

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