Joe McKenna (born 10 June 1951 in Shinrone, County Offaly) is a former Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with his local club South Liberties and with the Limerick senior inter-county team from 1971 until 1985. McKenna later served as manager of the Limerick senior inter-county team.

Joe McKenna
Personal information
Irish name Seosamh Mac Cionnaith
Sport Hurling
Position Full Forward
Born (1951-06-10) 10 June 1951 (age 70)
Shinrone, County Offaly, Ireland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Occupation Businessman
Club(s)
Years Club
Shinrone
South Liberties
Club titles
Limerick titles 4
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
1979-1973
1973-1985
Offaly
Limerick
2 (0-00)
30 (18-38)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 4
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 6
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 20:27, 18 March 2020.

He now operates a successful business, selling tools, machinery and DIY equipment in Limerick city.

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

McKenna played his club hurling with the famous South Liberties club in Limerick and enjoyed much success. He won his first senior county title in 1972. Four years later in 1976 McKenna captured a second county medal, however, South Liberties were later defeated by Glen Rovers in the Munster club final. 1978 saw him add a third county title before collecting a fourth county medal in 1981. Once again South Liberies were later defeated by Mount Sion in the Munster club final.

Inter-countyEdit

McKenna first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Limerick minor and under-21 teams. In 1971 he joined the Limerick senior team, however, it would take some time before he gained a regular place on the team. In 1973 McKenna was a non-playing substitute when Limerick defeated Tipperary to win the Munster title for the first time since 1955. Although he played no part in that game he was on the starting fifteen for the subsequent All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. Limerick outplayed Kilkenny throughout the eighty minutes and captured a 1-21 to 1-14 victory, giving McKenna his sole All-Ireland medal. In 1974 he won his first Munster title on the field of play as Limerick trounced Clare in the provincial final. McKenna’s side later faced Kilkenny for the second year in-a-row, however, 'the Cats' had a comfortable twelve-point victory over Limerick. The team faded out of the limelight for a number of years, however, Limerick bounced back in 1980 with McKenna capturing a second Munster title. His side later took on Galway in the championship decider, however, for the first time since 1923 the men from the West captured the All-Ireland title in an emotional display at Croke Park. Limerick were back in 1981 with McKenna adding a third Munster medal to his collection. Unfortunately, Limerick were later defeated by Gaway in an All-Ireland semi-final replay. Now in the twighlight of his career McKenna captured a National Hurling League medal in 1984. He retired from inter-county hurling in 1985. He was honoured with 6 All stars in 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1981.

ProvincialEdit

McKenna also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial hurling competition and won Railway Cup titles in 1976, 1981 and 1984.

Managing LimerickEdit

In retirement as a player McKenna took over as manager of the Limerick senior team in 2005. His tenure was not a happy one and he resigned following Limerick’s defeat by Clare in the 2006 Munster quarter-final.[1]

Career statisticsEdit

Team Year National League Leinster All-Ireland Total
Division Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score
Offaly 1970-71 Division 1A 6 1-01 1 0-00 7 1-01
1971-72 6 2-02 1 0-00 7 2-02
1972-73 7 0-06 7 0-06
Total 19 3-09 2 0-00 21 3-09
Team Year National League Munster All-Ireland Total
Division Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score Apps Score
Limerick 1972-73 Division 1A 1 0-00 1 0-01 2 0-01
1973-74 8 2-04 2 0-03 1 0-02 11 2-09
1974-75 7 1-05 3 0-02 10 1-07
1975-76 Division 1B 7 0-00 2 1-02 9 1-02
1976-77 Division 1A 6 1-04 1 0-00 7 1-04
1977-78 Division 1B 7 10-11 2 0-00 9 10-11
1978-79 Division 1A 8 7-12 3 4-05 11 11-17
1979-80 11 8-18 2 1-02 1 1-01 14 10-21
1980-81 6 6-06 3 7-06 2 0-06 11 13-18
1981-82 Division 1B 4 4-06 1 1-01 5 5-07
1982-83 Division 2 5 4-05 2 2-04 7 6-09
1983-84 Division 1 9 8-10 1 1-01 10 9-11
1984-85 2 0-02 2 0-02
Total 78 51-81 25 17-28 5 1-10 108 69-119
Career total 97 54-90 27 17-28 5 1-10 129 72-128

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Limerick manager quits". Hogan Stand. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
Achievements
Preceded by Railway Cup final
winning captain

1981
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by Limerick Senior Hurling Captain
1982
Succeeded by
Preceded by Limerick Senior Hurling Manager
2005-2006
Succeeded by