Throughout the club’s long history, whether playing in the Market’s Field, or since 1958 in Dooradoyle, Garryowen Football Club has always had – and always will have – success in competitive football as our raison d’être. Our achievements section will give you details of those successes. Every player who pulls on a light blue jersey with a white star on it, whether for the first or last time, has become part of a journey that has seen consistent success, whatever the competition. Today, our eyes are firmly fixed on the future, but our hearts and minds are set very much in our inheritance – our very proud tradition.
Garryowen FC have won the All Ireland League on three occasions, the All Ireland (Bateman) Cup also on three occasions, and throughout our 138-year history we have won the Munster Senior Cup thirty nine times, making us the most successful club in what is one of Ireland’s toughest and most prestigious competitions.
Fifty six Garryowen players have represented Ireland throughout our history, with eight of these performing with distinction on various Lions and in many cases Barbarians sides. Two of our players – Philip Danaher and 2002 World Rugby Player of the Year, Keith Wood – have captained Ireland. A number of Garryowen players have gone on to coach Irish teams at all levels. Ten Garryowen players have represented the British and Irish Lions, and in keeping with Garryowen’s long service to the game in Ireland, the club has provided five Presidents of the IRFU. Current vice President Pat Whelan served on the International Rugby Board for a number of years, and was Chairman of the Six Nations. Current President John Quilligan, is a former President of the IRFU, which gives him the very rare and honourable distinction of a son following his father – Kevin – as IRFU President.
Every position on the Irish team has been filled at some stage by a Garryowen player, underlining our commitment to a balance of tough forward play with a very open running style. We are very proud to have represented our community for 138 years, and we look forward to having that honour, for many years to come.