Entries on D. J. Carey, Joe Cooney, Eamon Cregan, Philly Grimes, Brian Lohan

The Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Gill & Macmillan, 2003.


Carey, D. J. (1970-), hurler. 

Born in Gowran, Co. Kilkenny. He is a technically brilliant player, a classical performer with flair, perception, pace, and creativity, and an outstanding artist of the modem game. He revealed his hurling brilliance early in life, winning two all-Ireland colleges titles with St Kieran's College. At inter-county level he won all-Ireland minor hurling and under-21 hurling medals and four senior hurling, in 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2002. He also has two National Hurling League medals, one Oireachtas and two Railway Cup medals. A versatile forward, he can play in any position and is a prolific scorer from play or placed balls. He won nine All-Star Awards, 1991 to 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002. He won the Texaco Hurler of the Year in 1993 and 2000. At club level he captained Young Irelands-Gowran to their first county senior title in 1996 and won a second with them in 2002. A master handballer, he achieved twenty-two major national successes in e game, as well as two world championships. He is also an accomplished golfer.  Seamus J. King, Gerry O'Neill (ed.), The Kilkenny GAA Bible. 

Cooney, Joe (1965-), hurler. 

Born in Co. Galway. He made his inter-county debut in 1983, winning an all-Ireland minor hurling medal with Galway. Since then his achievements have been impressive: under-21 in 1986 and senior medals in 1987 and 1988. He has four National League medals (1987, 1989, 1996,2000), and five Oireachtas medals. At centre-forward, his displays of skill, positional sense and sportsmanship have delighted followers of the game over twenty years. His honours include five All-Stars, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, Texaco Hurler of the Year, 1987, and selection at centreforward on the GAA. Supreme All-Star team, 1971-2000. With his club, Sarsfie1ds, he won under-16, under-21 and four county senior hurling titles, as well as two all-Ireland club titles in 1993 and 1994. Seamus J. King, A History of Hurling, 1996. 

Cregan, Eamon (1945-), hurler. 

Born in Limerick. His county career with Limerick spanned the period 1964-83. Noted for his skill level, ball control, and scoring ability, he had great mental strength and was an outstanding forward, winning two All-Star Awards in the full-forward line, 1971, 1972. He was also a distinguished centre-back. His achievements include one all-Ireland senior hurling medal (1973), four Munster senior hurling medals, one National League (1971), one Oireachtas, and one Harty Cup medal. With his club, Claughaun, he won three county senior hurling medals and eight county senior football medals. Since retiring he has become a noted manager, coaching Limerick, Clare, and Offaly. His father, Ned Cregan, featured on the Limerick team during the Mackey era. Seamus J. King Seamus J. King, A History of Hurling, 1996. 

Grimes, Philly (1929-1989), hurler. 

Born in Waterford. His county hurling career spanned the period 1947-65. A fine athlete and a hurler with all the skills, he moved 'like poetry in motion' around centrefield. Playing first as a county minor in 1947, he made his senior county debut in the 1948 Munster championship but was not available for the all-Ireland, as he had emigrated to the United States. After his return he won many honours with his club, Mount Sion, and county. He was the holder of Munster senior hurling titles of 1948, 1957 (when he was captain), 1959, and 1963. He won an all-Ireland in 1959, an Oireachtas title in 1962, a National League in 1963, and Railway Cup medals in 1958 and 1960. He won thirteen senior hurling and four senior football medals with Mount Sion. Seamus J. King Brendan Fullam, Giants of the Ash, 1991.

Lohan, Brian (1971-) hurler. 

Born at Shannon, Co. Clare. He made his inter-county debut in 1992 with Clare in the Munster under-21 championship, losing to Waterford in the final. He graduated to senior rank the following year and has been a permanent member of the team since then. A player of great skill, he is a majestic performer at fullback and has brought a new dimension to full-back play. His achievements include two senior hurling all- Irelands (1995 and 1997), three Munster senior hurling medals, and five Railway Cups with Munster. He has three All-Star Awards and won the Players' and Sports Writers' Player of the Year Award in 1995. At club level he won county senior hurling and Munster Club senior hurling medals in 1996. He won a Fitzgibbon Medal with University of Limerick in 1994. His father, Gus Lohan, who played with Galway and Clare, won a variety of county hurling titles over a period of four decades. Seamus J. King Ollie Byrnes, Memories of Clare Hurling.