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John Coffey (January 1918 – 11 August 2019)[1] was an Irish hurler. His league and championship career with the Tipperary senior spanned nine seasons from 1940 until 1948.[2][3] He is one of only four All-Ireland hurling medallists to become a centenarian.[4][5]

John Coffey
Personal information
Irish name Seán Ó Cofaigh
Sport Hurling
Position Right corner-forward
Born January 1918
Boherlahan, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died 11 August 2019 (aged 101)
County Dublin, Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Occupation Telecom technician
Years Club
Young Irelands
Club titles
Tipperary titles 1
Years County
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 1
All-Irelands 1

Coffey made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of sixteen when he was selected for the Tipperary minor team. He enjoyed three championship seasons with the minor team, the highlight of which was the winning of an All-Ireland medal in his debut year in 1934. Coffey subsequently joined the Tipperary junior team and played without success between 1936 and 1940. By this stage he had also joined the Tipperary senior team, making his debut during the 1940 championship. Coffey was a regular member of the starting fifteen at various times over the following nine seasons and won his sole All-Ireland medal in 1945. He also won one Munster medal. Coffey retired from inter-county hurling following the conclusion of the 1948 championship.



  1. ^ "Passing of Tipperary hurling legend John Coffey (aged 102) - the oldest All-Ireland medal winner". Tipperary Live. 12 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Mick Murphy honoured as Billy Quinn passes away". Tipperary Star. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ O'Sullivan, P. M. (21 July 2017). "Meet John Coffey: Hurling's oldest living All-Ireland medal holder". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  4. ^ "John Coffey - Oldest Living All Ireland Winner turns 100". 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Meet John Coffey: Hurling's oldest living All-Ireland medal holder". 21 July 2017.