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Derry county hurling team

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Mark Craig lifting the trophy for the 2008 Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship
Mark Craig lifting the trophy for the 2008 Ulster Under-21 Hurling Championship
Michael Conway lifting the 2006 Nicky Rackard Cup
Michael Conway lifting the 2006 Nicky Rackard Cup

The Derry county hurling team represents Derry GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association, in the Gaelic sport of hurling. The team competes in the Christy Ring Cup and the National Hurling League.

Derry's home ground is Celtic Park, Derry. The team's manager is (no longer) John McEvoy.

The team last won the Ulster Senior Championship in 2001, but has never won the All-Ireland Senior Championship or the National League.


Derry was a hotbed of early hurling activity, with the city's St Patrick's club winning the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship in 1902–03; county teams mainly drawn from the city won the 1906 championship by a walkover, and the contested 1909 final. However, soon afterwards football become the dominant sport in the county, and hurling activity declined, especially in the city where association football clubs were active.[1]

It was the 1970s before Derry claimed any more major hurling honours. The county won two Ulster Junior Championships in 1974 and 1975, as well as the 1975 All-Ireland Junior Championship. The county also won the Ulster Minor Championship twice during the decade in 1973/4? and 1979, before going on to win the next four at the start of the 1980s (1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983); giving the county five consecutive Ulster Minor titles. Derry also won another Ulster Junior (1984) and All-Ireland Junior Championship (1982), with Rory Stevenson still holding a record of his own, as the youngest person ever to play in a Final in Croke Park, that year (1982), playing for Kevin Lynch's Hurling Club Under 14 All-Ireland Féile na nGael winning team.[citation needed]

The 1990s started with Derry claiming back-to-back Ulster Minor titles in 1990 and 1991. The Under 21 side won two more Ulster Under 21 Championships in 1993 and 1997. Derry won the All-Ireland 'B' Senior Hurling Championship in 1996 and the Ulster Intermediate Championship the following year.[citation needed]

In 2000 Derry won its first Ulster Senior Hurling Championship in 92 years, and successfully defended it the following year. The county also won the Ulster Minor Championship in 2001. The Seniors won the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2006. Derry Under 21s claimed back-to-back Ulster Under 21 titles in 2007 and 2008.[2] See 2008 Derry county hurling team season for information from then. The seniors won the Nicky Rackard Cup again in 2017.[3]

John McEvoy resigned as Derry hurling manager at the end of 2020, having completed two years at the helm.[4] Former Antrim hurlers Dominic McKinley and Cormac Donnelly replaced McEvoy as head coaches shortly afterwards, with it being McKinley's second spell in charge of the Derry senior hurlers.[5][6]

Current squad

Recent players include:

Current management team

Head coaches: Dominic McKinley and Cormac Donnelly

Managerial history

K. McNaughton 1997–01

Dominic McKinley (Antrim) 2001–04

Seán McCloskey 2004–06

Gabriel O'Kane 2006–08

Brian McGilligan 2008–10

James O'Kane 2010–11

Ger Rogan 2011–14

Tom McLean 2014–16

Collie McGurk 2016–18

John McEvoy (Laois) 2018–20

Dominic McKinley and Cormac Donnelly (Antrim) 2020–


All-Irelands (5)

Provincials (24)

Leagues (0)


  1. ^ Corry, Eoghan (1993). Oakboys: Derry's Football Dream Come True. Dublin, Ireland: Torc Books Ltd. pp. 54–61. ISBN 1-898142-10-6.
  2. ^ "Derry U21s secure Ulster triumph". BBC Sport. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Derry power to Nicky Rackard Cup final win at Croke Park". Irish Independent. 10 June 2017.
  4. ^ "McEvoy steps down in Derry". Hogan Stand. 1 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Derry appoint McKinley and Connelly as new hurling management team". Hogan Stand. 17 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Dominic McKinley and Cormac Donnelly appointed head coaches of Derry senior hurlers". BBC Sport. 17 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Ulster U21HC final: awesome Oak Leafers see off Ardsmen". Hogan Stand. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
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