John Meyler

John Meyler
Personal information
Irish name Seán Mac Maoilir
Sport Hurling
Position Midfield
Born 1956
Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland
Occupation Teacher
Years Club
Our Lady's Island
St. Finbarrs
Club titles
  Football Hurling
Cork titles 2 5
Munster titles 2 1
All-Ireland titles 1 0
Years County
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 0
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 0

John Meyler (born 1956) is an Irish former hurler and Gaelic footballer who played in various positions for the Wexford and Cork senior hurling teams.[1] Myler is set to be Cork U21 hurling manager for 2017. Meyler's inter-county career began in 1973 as a member of the Wexford minor hurling team. Over the course of the next decade he lined out at minor, under-21 and senior levels as a dual player. In 1983 he joined the Cork senior hurling team where he enjoyed his greatest success. As a non-playing substitute Meyler won a set of All-Ireland and Munster winners' medals, while he also won an Oireachtas winners' medal on the field of play.

At club level Meyler began his career with Our Lady's Island in Wexford before later becoming a dual player with St. Finbarr's in Cork. An All-Ireland-winning captain in football, he also won numerous provincial and county championship medals in both codes.

In retirement from playing Meyler became involved in coaching and team management. A two-time manager of the Kerry senior hurling team, he also served as Wexford manager, as a selector with Cork and as manager of various club team. In 2012 Meyler was appointed manager of the Carlow senior hurling team.[2]

John is also the father of professional Premier League footballer David Meyler, and often travels to watch his son play for both his club Hull City and internationally for the Republic of Ireland.


Born in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Meyler was educated locally and later attended Gormanston College where he first took an interest in Gaelic football and hurling. In 1974 he entered University College Cork where, as well as his studies, he became involved in the sporting life of the university. As well as Gaelic games Meyler played soccer for UCC and scored a hat-trick of goals in the Collingwood Cup. During his university studies he also played soccer for Cork Alberts F.C. in the League of Ireland. Meyler graduated from UCC in 1979 and became an active teacher at Moulton College in Northampton. Whilst there he was promoted to Course Manager for sport. He currently works as a lecturer in the Cork Institute of Technology. Meyler's son, David, is a Republic of Ireland international.

Playing career


Meyler played his club hurling and football with the Our Lady's Island club in Wexford. When he moved to Cork in 1982 he joined the famous St. Finbarr's club on the south side of the city. He had much success with 'the Barrs', winning a grand total of eight county championship medals in both hurling and football. The highlight of his career with St. Finbarr's came in 1987 when he was captain of the club's football team. Although losing the county final to Imokilly, Meyler's side represented Cork in the provincial club championship. A 2–15 to 1–5 trouncing of Kilrossanty of Waterford in the final gave Meyler a Munster club title. The subsequent All-Ireland final saw 'the Barr's' take on Roscommon's Clann na nGael. In atrocious conditions the Cork side won the game by 0–10 to 0–7 and Meyler had the honour of accepring the cup and collecting a coveted All-Ireland club football medal.[3]


In 1973 Meyler began his inter-county career with the Wexford minor hurling team. He later played on the county's under-21 side but had little success at either level. Meyler also played both hurling and football with the Wexford senior teams in the later 1970s and early 1980s but had little success. In 1983 he joined the Cork senior hurling team but remained on the subs bench for much of his tenure on Leeside. He won an All-Ireland medal with the county in 1986, when he was a substitute in the final against Galway. He retired from inter-county hurling in 1987.

Early coaching career


In retirement from playing Meyler has maintained a keen interest in the game. He first tried his hand at management when he took charge of the Kerry senior hurling team in 1992, in a county dominated by Gaelic football.[4] In his first few months in charge Kerry surprisingly reached the quarter-final stages of the National Hurling League. A nine-point defeat by Tipperary was Kerry's lot on that occasion, however, Tipp were made to work for the win.[5] The first round of the 1993 Munster championship pitted Kerry against Waterford. While many people gave Kerry little chance Meyler's side won the game by 4–13 to 3–12.[6] It was Kerry’s first championship victory in sixty-seven years. The run of success came to an end in the next game as Tipp won by 4–21 to 2–9. Meyler remained as manager of the Kerry senior hurlers until 1997; however the team failed to capture another significant victory in the championship. In his time in charge he brought Kerry to Div 1 of the National League.

In 2009 he made a return to Kerry to manage the Under 21 team for the All-Ireland B Championship, which they won with a win over Roscommon in the final.

He was back in charge of the senior team in 2010 and won the Div 3A league title after beating Derry in the final. He later led Kerry to a first Christy Ring Cup final but lost out by a point to Westmeath in Croke Park. He was also in charge of the Under 21 team for a second year as they retained their All-Ireland B title with a 10-point win over Meath in the final.

2011 saw Kerry just stay in Div 2 of the National Hurling League, finishing just ahead of Westmeath, the side who had beaten them in the Christy Ring Cup final the year before. Kerry for the second year in a row made the final of the Christy Ring Cup when they met another Leinster side, this time Wicklow, but unlike the year before Kerry ran out 2–21 to 2–09 winners to take a first ever Christy Ring Cup. He was also in charge of the Under 21 team and once again landed them the All-Ireland B title for the third year in a row after beating Westmeath in the final.

Kerry had a poor National League in 2012, losing out to Westmeath, Carlow and Derry; they picked up wins over Wicklow and Down to stay in Div 2A. They started the defence of their Christy Ring Cup away to Wicklow, who they had beaten in the 2011 final but lost out in a shock result. They then played Kildare in the losers' round but again lost out and ended their campaign. Meyler stepped down after the loss.


After a number of seasons out of the spotlight, Meyler returned to management in the early 2000s when he took over as boss of Kerry club side Kilmoyley.

In 2001 his club reached the final of the Kerry Senior Hurling Championship for the first time in over a decade. Defending champions Ballyheigue provided the opposition on that occasion; however, it was Meyler's side who claimed the victory by a single point 2-08 to 2–07. It was Kilmoyley's first senior Kerry Senior Hurling Championship title since 1971. Kilmoyley faced famed Cork side Blackrock in the Munster Championship, in a close game the Cork sides greater experience to difference in the end. He also led Kilmoyley to the County League Div 1 title.

In 2002 Meyler's side were back in the final, this time with Lixnaw providing the opposition. Once again the victory went to Kilmoyley on a 1–16 to 2–07 scorline. For the second year in a row Meyler's side faced Blackrock but again came up just short going down 1–12 to 2–13.

Lixnaw were accounted for again in 2003 this time on a 2–10 to 1–05 scoreline as Meyler's side made in three county titles in-a-row, becoming the first team to do so since Ballyduff between 1991–93. It was also Kilmoyley's first 3 in a row since the 1962–64 success. Kilmoyley once again entered the Munster Championship this time there drew Tipperary champions Toomevara, but like the 2 years before they came close but ended on the wrong side of a 3–18 to 2–11 scoeline. He once again led his side to a County League title as well as a Munster Senior League title when they beat Cork side Na Piarsaigh in the final.

A fourth consecutive county title was garnered in 2004 as Kilmoyley defeated Causeway 2–15 to 2–09. It was the first time in the club's history that they won 4 titles in a row and along with Causeway from 1979 to 1982 are the only team to win 4 in a row. He also added a third County League title.

In 2009 he was back to Kilmoyley this time to train their minor team who won the Kerry Minor Hurling Championship beating Ballyduff 1–12 to 1–06 in the final.

Ballinhassig and Courcey Rovers

Both Ballinhassig and Courcey Rovers dwell form the South East division of Cork which is known as Carrigdhoun. In 1991 Ballinhassig regraded to Junior hurling from Intermediate and met Courceys in the Semi-final of the South East junior hurling championship. The clubs would meet 13 times in 15 seasons between 1991 and 2005 in a hugh rivalry with Ballinhassig winning seven times to Courceys five with one draw. John Meyler managed both sides to win the Premier intermediate hurling championship. ( Ballinhassig 2005 & Courceys 2011).


Meyler also served as a selector with the Cork senior inter-county team in the early 2000s. He became embroiled in something of a controversy in 2002, just prior to the Cork players' strike, when he became involved in a disagreement with All-Ireland winning captain Mark Landers. After a training session at Páirc Uí Chaoimh Meyler told Landers to 'have a good look around this place. It'll be the last time you'll see it.' Meyler didn't deny this statement; however, it was at odds with the views of Cork manager Bertie Óg Murphy.[7] He resigned along with the rest of the management team shortly afterwards. Myler is set to be appointed Cork U21 hurling manager for 2017.


After stepping down as Kerry manager he took over as manager of the Carlow senior team.

Shinty international

In 2010 Meyler was a selector on the Irish Under 21 Shinty international team that played Scotland.

Managing Wexford

Meyler was confirmed as manager of the Wexford senior hurling team on 12 October 2006.[8] Other candidates that expressed an interest in the job included former Limerick and Kilkenny hurlers Pat Herbert and Willie O'Connor. His first season in charge got off to a good start as Wexford progressed through to the semi-final of the National Hurling League. The county's arch-rivals, Kilkenny, provided the opposition and trounced Meyler's team on a score line of 2–22 to 2–7. The subsequent Leinster Championship saw the two sides meeting again in the final. That game turned into another rout as 'the Cats' defeated Wexford by double scores – 2–24 to 1–12. The subsequent All-Ireland quarter-final saw Meyler having his best victory of the championship as Tipperary, the red-hot favourites, were beaten giving Wexford save passage into the All-Ireland semi-final. Once again, Kilkenny provided the opposition and handed out another ten-point drubbing.

Meyler's second season in charge saw Wexford have a tough time in the National League. They finished at the bottom of Division 1A, resulting in relegation to Division 2 for 2009. Wexford later formally protested against Cork's readmittance to the National League after failing to play their first two games. In the subsequent Leinster Championship Wexford gave an atrocious display against Dublin. In the first-half Meyler's side scored two quick goals, however, it took over thirty minutes for the team to score their first point. That game ended in a draw, however, Wexford went on to win the replay with another unconvincing performance. The Leinster final on 6 July saw Wexford taking on arch-rivals Kilkenny. The first half saw Wexford fight tooth and nail with 'the Cats' and they trailed by just two points at half-time. The second half saw Kilkenny emerge and score 2–4 in the first seven minutes to start a rout. The final score of 5–21 to 0–17 resulted in defeat again for Meyler's side.[9] Wexford's next game in the championship was an All-Ireland quarter-final meeting with Waterford. That game was a lot closer than the pundits predicted, however, Waterford still won the day by 2–19 to 3–15. Shortly after this defeat Meyler indicated that he wished to stay on as manager for a third season in 2009. In early October 2008, however, he was informed by the Wexford County Board that he was being relieved of his duties. Speculation has been rife since this announcement that a lack of confidence by the players in Meyler's ability forced the county board to take this course of action.[10]


  1. "John Meyler's CV". Hogan Stand website. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  2. "Rainbow and Meyler take top jobs without dissent". Carlow Nationalist. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
  3. Corry, Eoghan (2005). The GAA Book of Lists. Hodder Headline Ireland. p. 421.
  4. Hurling: The Revolution Years p. 106
  5. Hurling: The Revolution Years p. 110
  6. Hurling: The Revolution Years p. 111
  7. Hurling: the Revolution Years p. 289-293
  8. "Meyler confirmed as new Wexford boss". Irish Examiner. 12 October 2006. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
  9. "Kilkenny 5–21 Wexford 0–17". RTÉ Sport. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2008.
  10. "Meyler forced out...". Irish Independent. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2008.
Preceded by
Tommy McGovern
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Final
winning captain

Succeeded by
Vincent McGovern
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Séamus Murphy
Wexford Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
Colm Bonnar
Preceded by
Mossie Carroll
Kerry Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
Tom Howard
Preceded by
Kevin Ryan
Carlow Senior Hurling Manager
Succeeded by
Pat English
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