Joe McKenna

Joe McKenna
Personal information
Irish name Seosamh Mac Cionnaith
Sport Hurling
Position Full Forward
Born Shinrone, County Offaly
Years Club
South Liberties
Club titles
Limerick titles 4
Years County Apps (scores)
1971-1985 Limerick 30 (18-39)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 4
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 6

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.

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

Playing career


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.


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 splace 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 emoional 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.


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

Managing Limerick

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 Tipperary in the 2006 Munster quarter-final.[1]


  1. "Limerick manager quits". Hogan Stand. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 30 March 2010.
Preceded by
Joe Connolly
Interprovincial Hurling Final
winning captain

Succeeded by
Seán Silke
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pad Joe Whelahan
Limerick Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
Richie Bennis
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