Pat Spillane

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Pat Spillane


Pat Spillane
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Irish Name Pádraig Ó Spealáin
Date of Birth December 1, 1955
Place of birth Kerry, Ireland
Club information
Club Templenoe
Position -
Club(s)*
Club Years Apps (scores)
Templenoe ? -?
Inter County
County Kerry
Position Half forward
Inter County(ies)**
County Years Apps (scores)
Kerry ?- ?
Inter County Titles
Munster Titles 11
All-Ireland 8
All-Stars 9

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

Pat Spillane (born December 1, 1955) played Gaelic football for the Kerry senior football team in the 1970s and 1980s. He was named in the left half-forward position in the Gaelic Athletic Association's Gaelic Football Team of the Millennium. He is currently the presenter of RTÉ's The Sunday Game.

Pat Spillane was born in Templenoe, near Kenmare County Kerry in 1955. He is considered one of the great players of his generation and a key member of the successful Kerry teams of the 1970s and 1980s. In all Spillane won eight All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, in 1975, 1978-1981 and 1984-1986. Other honours include four national Football league medals (1974, 1977, 1982 and 1984), four Railway Cup medals with Munster (1977, 1978, 1979 and 1981).

He has received nine GAA All Stars Awards, more than any other player in gaelic football and shares the record within the Gaelic Athletic Association with DJ Carey and Eddie Keher (although Keher's record is made up of 5 All-Stars and 4 Cú Chulainn Awards as his career predates the All-Star awards) who have also received nine All-Stars for their hurling performances for Kilkenny. Spillane was honoured with an All-Star accolade during the following years: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Spillane teaches geography and physical education at Saint Goban's school in Bantry, County Cork. He also owns a pub in Templenoe called Pat Spillane's Bar. He writes on Gaelic Athletic Association matters for the Sunday World newspaper and is a panellist and presenter on RTÉ's The Sunday Game.

His brothers Mick Spillane and Tom Spillane also played for Kerry.

Preceded by
Jimmy Keaveney
(Dublin)
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1978
Succeeded by
Mikey Sheehy
(Kerry)
Preceded by
Jack O'Shea
(Kerry)
Texaco Footballer of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
Brian Stafford
(Meath)

See also


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