Conor O'Mahony


Conor O’Mahony of Clonbealy, Newport was born on the 18th October 1984. His ability on the playing field first came to notice in 1994 when he backboned the Newport Under 10 football team which won county and Munster honours in the Community Games competition and went on to win bronze medals in Mosney. Two years later he was back in Mosney representing Tipperary in the Long Puck competition, winning a silver medal.
This group of players who started off together in the Community Games competitions was to continue to form the nucleus of numerous successful Newport teams in the years which followed. While playing for the local boy’s national school under the tutelage of Eamon Coffey, Conor was part of a victorious football team that won the Limerick schools championship and indeed it was here that his prowess as a hurler was first noticed.

He progressed to the local secondary school where his friendship with Shane McGrath developed. This proved to be a winning combination as they played their part in winning a hurling championship for the school in 1999. Conor and Shane also took to the field for Newport in other codes representing Newport soccer club at underage level from u12 right up to under 16 level. Newport rugby were also the beneficiaries of their services with both playing underage rugby from u16 level to junior cup, where Conor usually operated at inside centre with Shane filling the fullback role.

His academic path was to be a place for further success, as, while attending Limerick Institute of Technology, he was a winner of two Fitzgibbon cup medals under the guidance of Davy Fitzgerald.


While playing for his native Newport, Conor enjoyed much success through all the juvenile grades of hurling and football. This has been maintained through the adult grades, but it has been at representative level that Conor O’Mahony’s name has made the headlines. Lining out with Tipperary at minor, under 21 and senior, he has been on championship winning teams at all levels.

Since first earning his place on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel, Conor has grown in the esteem of colleagues, management and followers. His skill was always an obvious quality. His accuracy from long-range frees is an added bonus. His versatility has been remarkable, not just with Newport, where he fills in wherever the need arises, but also lining out with county teams in defensive and attacking roles. Since staking his claim to the centre back position, his physical strength provides a commanding presence at the heart of the defence, providing stability in a position which Tipperary has struggled to fill for many years. His leadership qualities have been an integral part in the development of the current Tipperary team, acknowledged in his nomination as vice-captain in 2009. In this role he was an exemplary representative, leading out the team in five championship games and fulfilling all official duties with the required dignity and decorum. He was again named as vice-captain for 2011.











Conor O'Mahony leads the Tipperary team in the pre-match parade at the 2009 All Ireland final


Year by Year Success
1994:
Won county and Munster medals with Newport in Under 10 Football at Community Games and went on to win a national bronze medal at Mosney.

1996:
Won silver medal while representing Tipperary in the Community Games Long Puck competition at Mosney.

1997:
Represented Tipperary in Féile na nGael Skills competition taking a silver medal.
Won North Tipp Under 14 Hurling (B) with Newport .

1998:
Won North & County Under 14 Football (A).
Member of Newport team which represented Tipperary in Peil na nÓg in Donegal.

1999
Conor captained Tipperary to win the Power (Under 15 Football) South East Tournament in Waterford.

2000:
Played centre back on Tipperary Under 16 Hurling team which lost the final of the Arrabawn Tournament.


2001:
Won county Minor Football (A) and county Under 21 Hurling (C) with Newport.
Won Munster Minor Hurling medal, playing at midfield.

2002:
Won North Minor Football (A) and North Intermediate Football.
Won County Intermediate Hurling.
Won Munster Minor Hurling with Tipp - Started at centre back in first round, midfield in final.

2003:
Won County Under 21 Hurling (B).
Won Munster Under 21 Hurling medal, coming on as a sub in the Munster Final and scoring the winning goal in extra time.


2004:
Won Munster Under 21 Hurling, playing at full back. One of the few to hold his own as Tipp were annihilated by Kilkenny in the All Ireland semi-final.

2005:
Played corner back on LIT team which won Fitzgibbon Cup.
Played full back on Tipp Under 21 Hurling team which lost Munster final to Cork.
Made senior hurling debut for Tipperary in the NHL against Antrim.
Made championship debut as a replacement for the injured Philip Maher in Munster Final v Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
Won North Intermediate Football.
Won Munster I.H.L medal with Newport.

2006:
Claimed the centre back berth for the opening championship game against Limerick and became a permanent fixture in the position.
Won North Intermediate Football.

2007: Played centre back on LIT Fitzgibbon Cup winning team.
Centre Back on Tipp S.H. team for championship. Nominated for All Star


2008:
Won N.H.L. and Munster S.H with Tipperary. Named RTE Man of the Match in Munster Final.
Named at Centre Back on All Star Hurling team and on GPA team of the Year.

2009:
Named as vice-captain of Tipp Senior Hurlers and led out the team in all championship games
Won Munster S.H.
Named at Left Half Back on All Star Hurling team and at Centre Back on GPA team of the Year.
Won North Tipp Intermediate Hurling.

 

2010
Won All Ireland Senior Hurling medal

2011
Won Munster Senior Hurling medal

2012
Won Munster Senior Hurling medal
Named RTE Man of the Match in S.H. Championship v Limerick



Conor O'Mahony with Tipp captain Bobby Ryan at a Juvenile Presentation function in Newport in 1989

 




Christopher Doyle and Conor O'Mahony with the trophies they won in a skills competition at Newport GAA Summer Camp 1993 




Michael Flannery, Martin Moloney, Paul Shinnors and Conor O'Mahony, Newport representatives at the National Community Games Finals in Mosney 1996

 

 




Team Captains, Conor O'Mahony and Henry Shefflin, with referee Diarmaid Kirwan before the 2009 All Ireland Final




Success at last: Conor with the McCarthy Cup after the 2010 All Ireland S.H. Final

 

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