|Irish name||Damien Ó hAodha|
|Position||Right Corner Forward|
18 February 1982|
|Height||1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 9 January 2015.|
Hayes was born in Portumna, County Galway in 1982. He was educated locally and later studied at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) where he won the Ryan Cup. He currently works in the family Volkswagen Car Sales business in Portumna, Al Hayes Motors Ltd.
Hayes has had much success in the game of hurling. At inter-county he has won 2 All-Ireland minor medals, 2 All-Ireland senior runners-up medals, 2 National hurling League Medals (2004 and 2010) and 3 All-Star Award with Galway and a Railway Cup medal with Connacht. Hayes has also had an extremely successful hurling career at club level with Portumna.
He has won 6 Galway Senior Hurling titles and 3 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship medals in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He also has won 7 Senior League Titles with Portumna. Damien was awarded Connacht provincial Hurler of the year in 2005 and 2006. He has also been Galway's Hurler of the year on 3 occasions 2005, 2006 and 2010. Hayes was on the historic Galway team that won their first leinster title in 2012. He announced his retirement from inter-county hurling in January 2015.
- "Hayes: Last-eight loss would be a huge setback". Irish Independent. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "Galway All-Stars to get motoring". Hoganstand.com. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "Masterful Portumna are club hurling champions". Hoganstand.com. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
- "Damien Hayes retires from Galway duty". GAA.ie. 9 January 2015. Archived from the original on 17 January 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.