Michael Cornelius McGrath (1924 – 9 August 2008) was an Irish Gaelic footballer who played for numerous club sides, but most notably St. Finbarr's and Garda, and at inter-county level with the Galway and Cork senior football teams.

Con McGrath
Personal information
Irish name Conchur Mac Craith
Sport Gaelic football
Position Centre-back
Born 1924
Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
Died 9 August 2008 (aged 84)
Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Occupation Garda Síochána
Years Club
Erin's Hopes
St. Finbarr's
West Kerry
Bantry Blues
Club titles
Cork titles 1
Years College
University College Galway
College titles
Sigerson titles 1
Years County
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 2
All-Irelands 0


McGrath first made an impression on the Gaelic football field when at college in Multyfarnham he lined out for the local club's senior and junior teams. From there he went to University College Galway where he won a Sigerson Cup title as well as winning a West Galway Championship with Erin's Hopes. McGrath first played for the Galway senior football team in a challenge match against Roscommon in 1943. After moving to Cork he joined the St. Finbarr's club before filling the full-back position on the Cork junior team in 1947. Promotion to the senior team quickly followed and he won his first Munster Championship in 1949.[1] As captain of the Garda club McGrath won a County Championship medal in 1950 and was appointed captain of the Cork senior team the following year. He claimed a second Munster Championship title as well as a National League title in his last year with the team in 1952. McGrath was also a regular with the Munster team and won back-to-back Railway Cup medals in 1948 and 1949. His son, Paul McGrath, won back-to-back All-Ireland titles with Cork in 1989–90.[2]

Personal life and deathEdit

Born in Clifden, County Galway, McGrath was educated at the Franciscan College in Multyfarnham and University College Galway before joining the Garda Síochána. After passing out he was first stationed in Cork and Bantry. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in Castlegregory and it was from Tralee that he was transferred as inspector to Limerick in 1968. McGrath was later transferred to Cobh and settled in Bishopstown with his wife and six children.[citation needed]

Con McGrath died on 9 August 2008.[3]


University College Galway


  1. ^ Moynihan, Michael (4 February 2021). "Former Cork captain John O'Keeffe was the heart and soul of Millstreet". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  2. ^ Murphy, Éamonn (25 September 2020). "The big interview: Cork footballer Paul McGrath on the Double, Micko's invite to Kerry and Morgan's magic". The Echo. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The death has occurred of Corneilius (Con) McGRATH". rip.ie. 11 August 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2021.