Michael Doyle (hurler)

Michael Doyle
Personal information
Irish name Mícheál Ó Dúil
Sport Hurling
Position Centre-forward
Born 1958 (age 5758)
Holycross, County Tipperary, Ireland
Occupation Sales manager
Years Club
Club titles
Tipperary titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
1976–1987 Tipperary 14 (4–4)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 1
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 15:23, 26 December 2014.

Michael Doyle (born 1958) is an Irish retired hurler who played as a centre-forward for the Tipperary senior team.

Born in Holycross, County Tipperary, Doyle first excelled at hurling whilst at school in Thurles CBS. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Tipperary minor team, before later joining the under-21 team. He joined the senior panel during the 1976 championship. Doyle went on to play a key part for Tipperary during a largely barren era for the team, and won one Munster medal and one National Hurling League medal.

At club level Doyle is a one-time championship medallist with Holycross-Ballycahill.

His father, John Doyle, was an eight-time All-Ireland medallist with Tipperary and is regarded as one of the greatest player of all-time.[1] His uncle, Ray Reidy, was also an All-Ireland medallist with Tipperary, while his brother, Johnny Doyle also played with Tipperary.

Throughout his career Doyle made 14 championship appearances. His retirement came following the conclusion of the 1987 championship.

In retirement from playing Doyle became involved in team management, coaching and refereeing. He served as a selector and as manager of the Tipperary under-21 and senior teams, as well as a host of club sides.

Playing career


In 1990 Doyle was at centre-back as Holycross-Ballycahill reached a second successive championship decider. Cashel King Cormacs provided the opposition in a closely contested affair in which defences dominated. Holycross led by two points at the interval and eventually won the game by 0–13 to 0–10, giving Doyle a coveted championship medal.[2]

Minor and under-21

Doyle first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Tipperary minor hurling team during their unsuccessful championship campaign in 1975. He was eligible for the grade once again in 1976, and collected a coveted Munster medal following a 5–10 to 5–6 defeat of Limerick. The subsequent All-Ireland decider pitted Kilkenny against Tipperary. Doyle's side had a relatively easy victory, and he collected an All-Ireland medal following a 2–20 to 1–7 victory.

Two years later Doyle was a key member of the Tipperary under-21 team. He collected his first Munster medal that year following a 3–8 to 2–9 defeat of Cork in a replay. Galway provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland decider, however, the game ended in a draw. At the second time of asking Galway emerged victorious by 3–15 to 2–8.

In 1979 Doyle was appointed captain of the Tipperary under-21 team. A 1–13 to 2–7 defeat of Cork gave him a second Munster medal, before later lining out in a second successive All-Ireland decider. Galway were the opponents once again, however, Tipp made no mistake on this occasion and recorded a 2–12 to 1–9 victory. Not only did Doyle collect a coveted All-Ireland medal, but he also had the honour of collecting the cup as captain.


Doyle joined the senior team in 1976, making his championship debut on 5 June 1977 in a 0–13 to 1–10 Munster semi-final draw with Clare.

Over the next few years Doyle was on and off the team, however, he picked up his first silverware in 1979. A 3–15 to 0–8 trouncing of Galway gave Doyle a National Hurling League medal.

In 1987 Doyle was in the twilight of his career and was a peripheral member of the team once again. After playing no part in Tipp's 1–18 apiece Munster final draw with Cork, he was introduced as a late substitute in the replay. Doyle bagged two extra-time goals while Donie O'Connell brought Tipp's tally to four to secure a 4–22 to 1–22 victory.[3]The win gave Doyle a coveted Munster medal.

Managerial career


After his retirement from club hurling, he assisted Harps club Durrow, and later Galmoy. In Tipperary he has been associated with Mullinahone on their way to their first South senior title in the early nineties, Arravale Rovers, and in recent years Nenagh Éire Óg.


Doyle first became involved in team management in 1994 when he linked up as a selector with the Tipperary minor football team.

In 1995 Doyle took charge of the Tipperary under-21 team as manager. It was a successful year, as Tipp collected the Munster title following a 1–17 to 0–14 defeat of Clare. Tipp later reached the All-Ireland decider where Kilkenny, the reigning champions, were the opponents. A 1–14 to 1–10 victory gave Tipperary the title and gave Doyle the unique distinction of being an All-Ireland under-21-winning captain and manager.

Doyle remained with the Tipperary under-21 team, combining the final season of his tenure in 1997 with the position of selector with the Tipperaty senior team. That year Tipp were narrowly defeated by Clare in the provincial decider.[4] Clare subsequently qualified for the All-Ireland decider, however, due to the introduction of the "back-door" system Tipperary provided the opposition in the first all-Munster All-Ireland final. The game itself was one of the best of the decade. Clare were well on top for much of the game, however, Liam Cahill and Eugene O'Neill scored twice for Tipp in the last ten minutes. John Leahy missed a goal chance in the last minute while another Tipp point was controversially ruled wide. At the full-time whistle Clare won by a single point by 0–20 to 2–13.

On 5 November 2002 Doyle was appointed manager of the Tipperary senior team.[5] His one-year tenure saw Tipp being knocked out of the Munster championship by Clare at the quarter-final stage, before later facing a heavy 3–18 to 0–15 defeat by Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final. Doyle subsequently lost the support of the players and resigned as manager.[6]









  1. Moynihan, Michael (19 November 2011). "Finding reality behind a true hurling legend". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  2. King, Séamus J. "The County Senior Hurling Championship: 1990". Séamus J. King website. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  3. Moynihan, Michael (21 May 2012). "The Kingdom, the power and the story". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. "Head to head: Clare v Tipp". Irish Independent. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  5. "Doyle takes over as Tipp boss". RTÉ Sport. 5 November 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
  6. "Jilted Doyle the latest victim of player power revolution". Irish Independent. 28 September 2003. Retrieved 26 December 2014.
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