Ger Aylward

Ger Aylward
Personal information
Irish name Gearóid Aighleart
Sport Hurling
Position Left corner-forward
Born (1992-03-12) 12 March 1992
Glenmore, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Occupation Plumber
Years Club
2008-present Glenmore
Club titles
  Football Hurling
Kilkenny titles 1 0
Years County Apps (scores)
2013-present Kilkenny 6 (3-15)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 1
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 22:19, 7 September 2015.

Ger Aylward (born 30 March 1992) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right corner-forward for the Kilkenny senior team.[1]

Born in Glenmore, County Kilkenny, Aylward first excelled at hurling during his schooling at Good Counsel College. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Kilkenny minor team before later joining the under-21 side. He made his senior debut during the 2013 league. Aylward subsequently became a regular member of the starting fifteen and has won one All-Ireland medal and one Leinster medal.

At club level Aylward is a one-time championship medallist as a Gaelic footballer with Glenmore.

Playing career


In 2009 Aylward was a key member of the Glenmore senior football team. He won a championship medal that year following a 2-7 to 0-10 defeat of Muckalee in the decider.[2]


Aylward first played for Kilkenny in 2009 when he joined the minor side. He won his first Leinster medal that year following Kilkenny's 1-19 to 0-11 trouncing of Wexford in the provincial decider.[3] Galway provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland decider on 6 September 2009. A devastating second quarter display was pivotal in powering the Westerners to a 2-15 to 2-11 victory.[4]

In 2010 Aylward won a second successive Leinster medal following a 1-20 to 0-10 trouncing of Dublin.[5] The subsequent All-Ireland decider on 5 September 2010 pitted Kilkenny against Clare. "The Cats" were made to work hard before securing a narrow 2-10 to 0-14 victory, giving Aylward a coveted All-Ireland medalcaptain.[6]

Two years later Aylward was a key member of the Kilkenny under-21 team. He won his sole Leinster medal that year following a 4-24 to 1-13 trouncing of Laois.[7] Kilkenny later faced Clare in the All-Ireland decider on 15 September 2012. A powerful second-half display, in which they outscored Kilkenny by 1-10 to 0-4, saw Clare take their second ever All-Ireland title in the grade.[8]

Aylward made his senior debut on 10 March 2013 in a 2-17 to 1-19 National Hurling League defeat by Tipperary.[9]

A series of injuries kept Aylward off the Kilkenny panel in 2014, however, he was reinstated the following year. He won a Leinster medal that year following a 1-25 to 2-15 defeat of Galway in the provincial decider. It was Kilkenny's 70th provincial title.[10] Kilkenny renewed their rivalry with Galway once again in the All-Ireland decider on 6 September 2015. The team struggled in the first half, however, a T. J. Reid goal and a dominant second half display, which limited Galway to just 1-4, saw Kilkenny power to a 1-22 to 1-18 victory.[11] It was Aylward's first All-Ireland medal.



Good Counsel College


  1. "Profile: Ger Aylward". Kilkenny GAA website. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  2. Knox, John (12 October 2009). "Glenmore go to the top of the football pile". Kilkenny People. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. "Awesome Kehoe fires young Cats to further success". Irish Independent. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. O'Toole, Fintan (7 September 2009). "Cummins inspires Galway to glory". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. Hickey, Paddy (5 July 2010). "Cats sweep Dubs aside to claim minor crown". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  6. O'Toole, Fintan (6 September 2010). "Kilkenny pushed to the limit". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  7. O'Brien, Brendan (12 July 2012). "Cats make Laois nightmare come true". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. O'Flynn, Diarmuid (17 September 2012). "Dynamic duo drive Clare to glory". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  9. "Tipp hang on". Hogan Stand. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  10. Moynihan, Michael (6 July 2015). "Canning wondergoal not enough for Galway against Kilkenny". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
  11. McGoldrick, Seán (6 September 2015). "Kilkenny deliver an 11th All-Ireland for Brian Cody as Galway challenge fades away". Irish Independnet. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
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