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Carlow county football team

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Carlow GAA crest.png
Nickname(s):The Barrowsiders[1]
County board:Carlow GAA
Manager:Niall Carew
Home venue(s):Dr Cullen Park, Carlow
Recent competitive record
Current All-Ireland status:Leinster (PR) in 2020
Last championship title:None
Current NFL Division:4 (6th in 2020)
Last league title:None
First colours
Second colours

The Carlow county football team represents Carlow in men's Gaelic football and is governed by Carlow GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, the Leinster Senior Football Championship and the National Football League.

Carlow's home ground is Dr Cullen Park, Carlow. The team's manager is Niall Carew.

The team last won the Leinster Senior Championship in 1944, but has never won the All-Ireland Senior Championship or the National League.


Carlow have claimed very few honours at senior level. They won a Leinster title in 1944. The final was played in Athy due to the war and Carlow beat Dublin by 2-6 to 1-6. Carlow also lost Leinster finals in 1941 and 1942 to the same opposition. Kerry fisherman-publican Paddy "Bawn" Brosnan kept Carlow from reaching an All-Ireland final in 1944. His second half goal put Carlow out of the All-Ireland semi-final by 3-3 to 0-10.

Ten years later Carlow reached the National League final with a famous 1-10 to 1-7 win over Armagh, but were well beaten by Mayo in the final.

Carlow won a 'B' All-Ireland in 1994, and an O'Byrne Cup in 2002. They defeated Wicklow by 2-10 to 0-8.

Other significant performances include reaching the Leinster Minor Football Championship final in 2007, when they lost to Laois. The Carlow Vocational Schools team won the VEC All Ireland Championship in 1973, while Carlow CBS won a B All Ireland in Croke Park in 2015. An Under-21 team that came within a point of beating Dublin in 1984.

In the 1980–81 National League Carlow once fielded a one-club selection so that Éire Óg could prepare for their first Leinster Club final. Tommy Dwyer, at 6'7, was one of the tallest midfielders in GAA history.

Paul Bealin spent a year as manager.

In late 2012, Anthony Rainbow was appointed manager of the senior county football team.

Carlow played Laois in a first round qualifier in 2013 — the first Friday night game in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.[2]

Turlough O'Brien managed Carlow between 2014 and 2020. In the 2018 National Football League, O'Brien led the team out of Division 4. This was their first promotion in more than three decades. In the 2018 Leinster Senior Football Championship, he led Carlow to a quarter-final victory against Kildare at O'Connor Park. He resigned in June 2020.[3][4][5]

Also in 2018, Paul Broderick was nominated for an All-Star, becoming the first Carlow player to receive such an honour since Colm Hayden in 1994, the year Carlow won the All-Ireland B championship.

In August 2020, Niall Carew replaced O'Brien as manager.[6]

Current squad

{{small|Team as per Carlow vs Longford in the Leinster SFC, 27 June 2021}

No. Player Position Club
1 Ciaran Cunningham Goalkeeper Bagenalstown Gaels
2 Liam Roberts Right Corner Back Kildavin\Clonegal
3 Shane Redmond Full Back Tinryland
4 Josh Moore Left Corner Back Rathvilly
5 Jordan Morrissey Right Half Back Éire Óg
6 John Murphy Centre Back Grange
7 Seanie Bambrick Left Half Back Old Leighlin
8 Sean Gannon (c) Midfield Éire Óg
9 Eoghan Ruth Midfield Éire Óg
10 Ross Dunphy Right Half Forward Éire Óg
11 Colm Hulton Centre Forward Éire Óg
12 Jamie Clarke Left Half Forward Bagenalstown Gaels
13 Conor Crowley Right Corner Forward Palatine
14 Paul Broderick Full Forward Tinryland
15 Darragh Foley Left Corner Forward Kilbride
No. Player Position Club
16 Robbie Molloy Substitiute Rathvilly
17 Mikey Bambrick Substitiute Old Leighlin
18 Conor Lawlor Substitiute Palatine
19 Jordan Lowry Substitiute Éire Óg
20 Tomas Kenny Substitiute Palatine
21 Conor Doyle Substitiute Rathvilly
22 Jason Kane Substitiute Palatine
23 Shane O'Neill Substitiute Palatine
24 Chris Blake Substitiute Éire Óg
25 James McGrath Substitiute O'Hanrahans
26 Cormac Mullins Substitiute Éire Óg

Current management team


Notable players

  • Paddy Quirke (Naomh Eoin, Myshall) - Dual All Star (Hurling & Football), Railway Cup Hurling and Football.
  • Tommy Dwyer (Tinryland) - International Rules Football, Railway Cup Football.
  • Luke Kelly (Leighlinbridge) - Leinster SFC Winner 1944.
  • Jim Morris (Ballon) - Leinster SFC Winner 1944.
  • Jimma Rea (O'Hanrahan's) - Leinster SFC Winner 1944.
  • Simon Rea (Éire Óg) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Mark Carpenter (O'Hanrahan's) - Railway Cup SF, Leinster Club SF 2000.
  • Tom "Drakes" Walker (O'Hanrahan's) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Colm Hayden (Éire Óg) - Railway Cup SF, 5 Leinsters in 1990s with Éire Óg.
  • Johnny Nevin[7] (Old Leighlin GFC/Naomh Brid HC) - Railway Cup SF, SH, All Ireland B 1994, Carlow championship 1997, All Ireland over 40s runner up 2008.
  • Andy Murphy (Tinryland) - Railway Cup SF.
  • "Paks" Connolly (Clonmore) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Martin Molloy (Clonmore /Rathvilly) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Luke Dempsey (Ballinabranna) - Manager of Westmeath, Longford and Carlow.
  • Thomas Walshe (Fenagh GFC/Ballinkillen HC) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Cyril Hughes (St Andrew's, Bagenalstown GFC/Ballinkillen HC) - Railway Cup SF, Manager of Carlow and Wexford.
  • Brendan Murphy (Rathvilly) - Leinster MFC Runner-Up 2007, Professional Australian Rules Player.
  • Tommy 'The Boy Wonder' Murphy (Graiguecullen) - Team of the Millennium as Laois player, originally Carlow before the Graiguecullen expulsion.
  • Brendan Hayden Snr. (Tinryland GFC/St Fintan's HC) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Vincent Harvey (Éire Óg) - Former Carlow manager.
  • Ned Doogue (O'Hanrahan's) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Eamonn Long (O'Hanrahan's) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Cran Hogan (Éire Óg) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Willie Quinlan (Éire Óg) - Railway Cup SF, All-Ireland B Football 1994.
  • Andrew Corden (O'Hanrahan's) - O'Byrne Cup 2001.
  • Peeney Whelan (Tinryland) - Railway Cup SF.
  • Garvan Ware (Éire Óg) - Railway Cup SF, 5 leinsters in 1990s with Éire Óg.
  • Joe Hayden (Éire Óg GFC/Carlow Town HC) - Railway Cup SF, 5 leinsters in 1990s with Éire Óg.
  • Richie Moore (Éire Óg GFC/Carlow Town HC) - All-Ireland B SF 1994.
  • Willie Doyle (O'Hanrahan's) - International Rules 1985.
  • Hugh Brennan (Éire Óg) - Mayo minor, 5 Leinsters in 1990s with Éire Óg, All Ireland B captain 1994.
  • Ned Gladney (St Mullins) - All Ireland and Leinster 1961, 1962, eight county titles, and Full Forward on Team of the Century. The first man to captain Carlow at senior level.


All-Ireland titles (2)
Provincial titles (5)
League titles (1)


  1. ^ "Team news: Carlow boss Carew rings changes ahead of derby". Hogan Stand. 29 May 2021. The Barrowsiders scored a 16-point victory over Waterford two weeks ago and return to duty this weekend with a host of changes to their team-sheet.
  2. ^ "Qualifiers include first ever Friday night game". RTÉ Sport. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013. Carlow will play Laois on 28 June in Dr Cullen Park, the first time a Championship game will take place on a Friday night.
  3. ^ "Turlough O'Brien steps down as Carlow manager". RTÉ. 6 June 2020.
  4. ^ Cooney, Gavin (6 June 2020). "Turlough O'Brien steps down as Carlow football manager".
  5. ^ Crowe, Dermot (7 June 2020). "Carlow football left shocked by O'Brien's early departure". Sunday Independent.
  6. ^ "Niall Carew appointed Carlow boss with Ger Brennan joining ticket". RTÉ. 18 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Johnny Nevin's amazing record". Hogan Stand. 8 August 2003. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
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