Michael Bond (hurler)

Michael Bond
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál de Bond
Sport Hurling
Position Centre-forward
Born 1948
Ardrahan, County Galway, Ireland
Occupation Retired secondary school principal
Years Club
Club titles
Galway titles 3
Connacht titles 3
Years County Apps (scores)
1968-1975 Galway 3
Inter-county titles
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 17:25, 28 February 2015.

Michael Bond (born 1948) is an Irish retired hurler who played as a centre-forward for the Galway senior team.[1]

Born in Ardrahan, County Galway, Bond first excelled at hurling in his youth. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Galway minor team before later joining the under-21 side. He joined the senior panel during the 1968 championship. Bond was a regular member of the panel, however, he ended his playing days without silverware.

At club level Bond was a three-time Connacht medallist with Ardrahan. In addition to this he also won three championship medals.

Throughout his career Bond made 3 championship appearances. He retired from inter-county hurling in 1975.

In retirement from playing Bond became involved in team management and coaching. After training the Galway minor, under-21 and junior teams he managed Offaly to All-Ireland success in 1998.

Playing career


In 1974 Bond won his first championship medal following a 2-10 to 1-10 defeat of Castlegar. He later won his first Connacht medal following a 9-12 to 1-6 trouncing of Tooreen.

Ardrahan retained their title in 1975, with Bond collecting a second championship medal following a 4-5 to 1-11 defeat of Carnmore. He subsequently added a second Connacht medal to his collection following a 2-14 to 1-4 defeat of Athleague.

After a period of decline Ardrahan bounced back in 1978. A 2-18 to 2-14 defeat of Ballindereen after a replay and extra time gave Bond a third championship medal. He later won a third Connacht medal following a narrow 2-9 to 1-7 defeat of Tooreen.


Bond first played for Galway as a member of the minor team in 1965.[2] After two unsuccessful years he progressed onto the under-21 team, however, he enjoyed little success in this grade as well.

In 1968 Bond joined the Galway senior team. He spent seven years on and off the team, however, Galway enjoyed little success during this period. Bond left the panel in 1975.

Managerial career

Early years

From his early years Bond had been involved in coaching and training teams at club colleges and inter-county levels. In 1983 he was trainer of the Galway under-21 team that defeated Tipperary by 0-12 to 1-6 to take the All-Ireland title.

After declining an invitation to train the Galway senior team at the end of 1983, Bond took charge of the junior side in 1984.

In 1988 he took over as trainer of the Galway minor team.

Offaly manager

Bond was appointed manager of the Offaly senior team in July 1998 following the resignation of "Babs" Keating after a 3-10 to 1-11 Leinster final defeat by Kilkenny. When Bond took over it looked as if Offaly's championship hopes were in disarray, however, they overcame Antrim in the All-Ireland quarter-final and qualified to meet Clare in the semi-final. The first game ended in a draw and had to be replayed, however, the replay was ended early because of a time-keeping error by the referee Jimmy Cooney. Following a protest on the pitch of Croke Park by the Offaly supporters it was decided that Clare and Offaly would meet for a third time.[3] Offaly won the third game and qualified to play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. On that day Brian Whelahan delivered one of his greatest-ever Offaly performances, scoring 1-6. Offaly reversed the Leinster final defeat by winning the All-Ireland title by 2-13 to 1-16.[4]

Following Offaly's exit from the 1999 championship at the All-Ireland semi-final stage, Bond stepped down as manager.[5]

After a year out of inter-county management Bond returned as Offaly manager in November 2000.[6] His second term as manager was less successful, with Offaly falling to Kilkenny in the 2001Leinster semi-final.[7] Following the conclusion of the championship Bond stepped down from the position.[8]







  1. Hogan, Vincent (7 September 1998). "Bond's green, white and Goldfinger". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. "Galway minor hurlers, 1965". Galway Advertiser. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  3. "Scannal: Long Hot Summer". RTÉ Television. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  4. Moran, Seán (14 September 1998). "Offaly tune in, step up and prove an unstoppable force". Irish Times. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  5. "Bond resigns as Offaly manager". RTÉ Sport. 25 September 1999. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  6. "Managerial changes in Cork and Offaly". RTÉ Sport. 8 November 2000. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  7. "Kilkenny humiliate Offaly to progress". RTÉ Sport. 10 June 2001. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  8. "Bond resigns Offaly hurling post". RTÉ Sport. 5 September 2001. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
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