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Jonathan "Jonny" Cooper
Jonny Cooper.jpg
Personal information
Irish name Seán Cúipéir
Sport Gaelic football
Position Right Corner Back
Born (1989-11-04) 4 November 1989 (age 31)
Dublin, Ireland
Years Club
Na Fianna
Years College
College titles
Sigerson titles 2
Years County Apps (scores)
Dublin 11 (0-1)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 8
All-Irelands 7
All Stars 2
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 23 August 2014.

Jonathan "Jonny" Cooper (born 4 November 1989) is a dual player,[1] who nowadays predominantly plays Gaelic footballer who plays for the Dublin county football team and the Na Fianna club.[2][3]

Cooper played hurling at schoolboy and minor level. First playing football under manager Jim Gavin at under-21 level, Cooper was reckoned to be one of Gavin's most trusted players when Gavin managed the county team.[4]

Early life

The youngest of four children born to Brendan and Loyola, Cooper has two brothers called Niall and Mark and a sister called Jules.[1]

He is a grandnephew of Simon Deignan, who played in the Polo Grounds final of 1947.[1]

Loyola's father, who helped found the Na Fianna club in 1955, had emigrated from Cavan and begun a clothes wholesale business in Ranelagh.[1] Cooper often worked there during summers from about the age of ten.[1] Cooper's grandfather died before the Blue Wave began.[1]

Playing career

Underage: 2006–2010

Cooper won an All-Ireland "A" Hurling medal while playing with Dublin Colleges in 2006 and the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship the year after.[1] He knew future Dublin teammate Stephen Cluxton as a teacher at his school.[1]

Jim Gavin named Cooper as captain of the 2010 Dublin under-21 football team when he was manager.[4]

In early 2011, Cooper required surgery on a shoulder but kept playing in the hope that Pat Gilroy would call him into his Dublin squad. When this did not occur, Cooper underwent surgery in March that year.[1]

Early senior: 2012–2014

Some games for Dublin followed in 2012, under Gilroy's management.[1] But not many.[1] Gilroy later dropped Cooper from the Dublin team.[4] His physique and his intelligence were flaws to his progress.[1]

His former under-21 mentors Declan Darcy and Jim Gavin were puzzled why Cooper was not playing for Dublin.[1] Darcy even called Cooper for the first time in about a year to enquire why Cooper was not playing more games.[1] "They were very good", Copper later said. "I think they came to me first".[1] The morning after he watched the Dublin team win the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, Cooper went training "because I knew the 30-odd guys that [sic] were my direct competitors weren't going to be training and I was trying to get the edge there, in my own small way".[1]

Cooper played some games in the 2012 National Football League, but only 20 championship minutes in the Leinster Senior Football Championship quarter-final win over Louth.[1] For the 2012 Leinster SFC final, Cooper was given the number 33 jersey; he kept it with his other jerseys and would use it to motivate himself to become a better player.[1]

Cooper was part of the Dublin team that defeated Tyrone by 0–18 to 0–17 to win the 2013 National Football League, with Gavin having by then been appointed manager.[5][6][7][8] He was then part of the Dublin team that beat Mayo by 2–12 to 1–14 in the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. In 2014, Cooper won both the 2014 National Football League and the 2014 Leinster Senior Football Championship with Dublin, before an infamous semi-final defeat to Donegal ended their season.

Then, in September 2014, came the attack. This brought unwanted public attention to Cooper and created headlines in the national press: "I remember a guy in a car following me with a camera... Guys knocking on the door".[1] Mick Bohan — then part of the Dublin management team — and Gavin visited Cooper in the Mater Hospital.[1] Cooper received professional counselling and it took 18–24 months to fully recover.[1]

2015–present: Six-in-a-row

A foot injury sustained during club month in April led to Cooper being sidelined for the 2019 Leinster Senior Football Championship.[4] He began to slip down the ranks with Dublin, appearing as part of the "B" team during training games.[4] For Cooper it was like when he had been dropped by Pat Gilroy.[4]


Ahead of All-Ireland finals, he usually takes the Friday off work.[4] He is a self-admitted introvert.[1]

Cooper is interested in other sports teams, including the Leinster and Munster rugby union teams and Australian rules football club Richmond and studies them in order to improve is own performances. In 2018, he paid for a trip to London-based rugby union club Saracens, where he met with and discussed "all sorts of different things" with England national rugby union team captain Owen Farrell.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Crowe, Dermot (22 September 2019). "Learning life the hard way". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 22 September 2019. "Learning life the hard way" was the title in the print edition.
  2. ^ "Cooper: Loss of confidence blunted my ambition". The Herald. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Jonny Cooper says Dublin are their own harshest critics". Irish Independent. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Roche, Frank (31 August 2019). "'Things could have gone the other way': Injury forced Jonny Cooper to start from the bottom and claw his way back again". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Supersub Rock breaks Tyrone hearts in epic final". Irish Independent. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Dublin 0-18 Tyrone 0-17". RTÉ Sport. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Dubs show their depth as fringe men shine". Irish Examiner. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Dublin 0-18 0-17 Tyrone". BBC News. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Dublin's Jonny Cooper reveals coffee with England rugby star Owen Farrell among things he's done to stay competitive". Irish Independent. 2 February 2021.
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