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The Most Brothers Who Played County Senior Football

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Tomsmith here

I just wonder what County has the distinction of having the most brothers that played County Senior football.
I think the County Meath had 3 Lyons brother, one being Michael.Pauric and another one of them.

tomsmith (Cavan) - Posts: 3163 - 17/02/2018 10:18:37    2077579

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In the Wee County you had the three O'Hanlon brothers playing with Louth: Cathal, Seamus and Kevin.

OLLIE (Louth) - Posts: 11561 - 17/02/2018 11:27:23    2077593

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The three Quinn's, from Kilbride, Martin, Jack and Gerry all played together for Meath several times in the 60's. All three played on the winning Leinster Championshipin 1964. Jack and Gerry started the '66 final v Galway and Martin came on as a sub in the second half.

MillerX (Meath) - Posts: 358 - 17/02/2018 11:29:55    2077595

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The Meehans in Galway, Declan, Tomas, Noel, and Michael played senior, two others played minor Seamus and Enda..

Belclare1 (Galway) - Posts: 1468 - 17/02/2018 11:34:47    2077596

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Replying To tomsmith:  "Tomsmith here

I just wonder what County has the distinction of having the most brothers that played County Senior football.
I think the County Meath had 3 Lyons brother, one being Michael.Pauric and another one of them."
Offaly had 3 Lowrys, 2 Darbys, 2 Fitzgeralds, and2 sets of Connors/O'Connors in football.
3 Dooleys and 3 Whelehans in hurling.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 918 - 17/02/2018 12:02:05    2077609

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There's a lot with 3, the Spillanes, Meehans, Brogans.

commercials1 (Limerick) - Posts: 115 - 17/02/2018 12:03:01    2077610

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Replying To tomsmith:  "Tomsmith here

I just wonder what County has the distinction of having the most brothers that played County Senior football.
I think the County Meath had 3 Lyons brother, one being Michael.Pauric and another one of them."
There are 4 sets of brothers on the Monaghan panel at the minute. Hughes, Duffy's, Wylies and the Garlands. I'm pretty sure 5 Mone brothers played for Monaghan at different stages over the last 20 years.

RightFull (Monaghan) - Posts: 64 - 17/02/2018 12:18:56    2077613

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The O'Driscolls of Cork are 3 brothers. 2 Cahalane's and of cause the 2 Cadogan brothers.

BaldyBadger (Cork) - Posts: 103 - 17/02/2018 12:25:41    2077616

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Replying To tomsmith:  "Tomsmith here

I just wonder what County has the distinction of having the most brothers that played County Senior football.
I think the County Meath had 3 Lyons brother, one being Michael.Pauric and another one of them."
Well there was 3 Mortimer bros
who played for mayo
Kenneth a class defender
trevor and of course conor mprtimer
in galway we had the famous meehans

Declan and Thomas who both won all Ireland senior medals
and the young lad Michael who was a class forward
another brother noel might have played a few games with galway
of course togheter they won all ire land club title with caltra

in Kerry you had the mighty o sheas
darragh, Thomas and mark all 3 of them brilliant players
who won many all Irelands with Kerry

in Roscommon you have the 3 dalys
conor, niall and ronan who are currently playing with the rossies

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 781 - 17/02/2018 12:27:57    2077617

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I remember an interview with Niall o Donoghues father (the young Galway hurler that tragically passed away).
He was convinced GAA families that had 3 or 4 boys close in age always churned out atleast 2/3 very good players as the competition out in the garden etc brought the best out of them and generally the youngest lad was the best because he had to compete against the older lads. Joe canning from the Cannings or Michael meehan from the Meehans as examples in Galway.

Past hurler (None) - Posts: 139 - 17/02/2018 12:31:54    2077618

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Replying To commercials1:  "There's a lot with 3, the Spillanes, Meehans, Brogans."
O'Se's have to be the best.

BaldyBadger (Cork) - Posts: 103 - 17/02/2018 13:00:42    2077627

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Four Meehan brothers- Tomas, Declan, Noel and Michael- played for Galway in a qualifier against Louth in 2004.

Slightly off topic, but the Galway football panel in 2016 included 3 sets of twins- the Varleys, Sweeneys and Silkes.

streaker (Galway) - Posts: 312 - 17/02/2018 14:11:58    2077644

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Former Wexford goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry was the youngest of 15. In the late 80s his club Duffry Rovers won 7 football championships in a row, and the team had about 7/8 of the brothers playing at the same time. I'm fairly sure a few of them played for the Wexford footballers aswell, but how many and at the same time,I don't know, does anyone else know anything about it?

extranjero (Wexford) - Posts: 312 - 17/02/2018 14:39:35    2077659

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Squale like a pig boy

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 7015 - 17/02/2018 15:20:09    2077675

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Three Thompson brother's Naomh Conaill and tir Conaill

tirconaillabu (Donegal) - Posts: 71 - 17/02/2018 15:23:11    2077678

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Replying To extranjero:  "Former Wexford goalkeeper Damien Fitzhenry was the youngest of 15. In the late 80s his club Duffry Rovers won 7 football championships in a row, and the team had about 7/8 of the brothers playing at the same time. I'm fairly sure a few of them played for the Wexford footballers aswell, but how many and at the same time,I don't know, does anyone else know anything about it?"
A lower standard of hurling than Wexford but for one game, possibly more, Brian, Fergal, Niall, Ruairí, George and Pat Delaney from Tooreen played for the Mayo hurlers.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 4769 - 17/02/2018 16:53:48    2077700

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I seem to remember three brothers playing in an All-Ireland s/f between Cavan and Meath with two of them playing for Cavan and a younger brother for Meath. They may have been called Gallaghers or Maguires. Memory is failing me.

neverright (Roscommon) - Posts: 1363 - 17/02/2018 17:27:29    2077714

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There was Paddy, Eamonn, Richue and Barry Donoghue played for Kildare late 70's early 80's. Don't think the 4 played at same time though.

St.Conleth (Kildare) - Posts: 1477 - 17/02/2018 17:54:33    2077718

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Offaly had 3 Lowrys, 2 Darbys, 2 Fitzgeralds, and2 sets of Connors/O'Connors in football.
3 Dooleys and 3 Whelehans in hurling."
You forget 3 Pillgintos, 2 Corrigans I think the Connors/O'Connors were double first cousin and they were all first cousins of that smallish but brilliant midfielder Willie Bryan. Murt Connor in 71 was a third Connor to win an Al Ireland, in 71. In my own county we had three Bennises, two Cregans, each pair from two entirely different families, plus Eamon amd Michael's father, three Clohesseys, several Quaids, two Fitzmaurises, three Mackeys, at least two Ryan families who had brothers playing, two O'Briens, two Foleys, two Grimeses, two Hartigans, three Herberts, and two from the next generation and three Carrolls. And as far as fatherrs and sons dont even start me.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 1677 - 18/02/2018 20:57:23    2078101

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Cavan had triplets in at start of this year.

doratheexplorer (Cavan) - Posts: 1360 - 18/02/2018 22:00:08    2078137

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