Séamus Coen

Séamus Coen
Personal information
Irish name Séamus Ó Cadhain
Sport Hurling
Position Left wing-back
Born (1958-02-01) 1 February 1958
Mullagh, County Galway, Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Occupation Fitter and welder
Years Club
Club titles
Galway titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
1979–1986 Galway 13 (0-00)
Inter-county titles
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 1

Séamus Coen (born 1 February 1958) is an Irish retired hurler who played as a left wing-back for the Galway senior team.[1][2]

Born in Mullagh, County Galway, Coen first excelled at hurling in his youth. He made his first impression on the inter-county scene as a member of the Galway under-21 team. He made his senior debut during the 1979 championship. Coen went on to play a key role for Galway, and won one All-Ireland medal and one National Hurling League medal. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

As a member of the Connacht inter-provincial team at various times throughout his career, Coen won two Railway Cup medal. At club level he played with Mullagh.

Throughout his career Coen made 13 championship appearances for Galway. His retirement came following the conclusion of the 1986 championship.

In retirement from playing, Coen became involved in team management and coaching. He has served as a selector with the Galway senior team and is currently a selector with the Mullagh hurling team.[3][4]

Playing career


In 1982 Coen was at centre-back as Mullagh faced Tynagh in the final if the intermediate championship. A 3–13 to 1–8 victory gave him a coveted championship medal.[5]


Coen first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Galway under-21 team that reached the All-Ireland decider in 1978. Tipperary provided the opposition on that occasion, however, the game ended in a draw. The replay was much more conclusive with Galway powering to a 3–15 to 2–8 victory. It was Coen's first All-Ireland medal.

In 1979 Coen was in his final year on the under-21 team. Galway faced Tipperary in the All-Ireland decider for the second year in succession, however, the result was reversed with Tipperary securing a 2–12 to 1–9 victory.

Coen made his senior championship debut for Galway in a 1–23 to 3–10 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Laois in 1979. In spite if this he played no part in Galway's subsequent All-Ireland final defeat by Kilkenny.[6]

In 1980 Coen was a regular member of the starting fifteen as Galway defeated Kildare and Offaly to reach a second consecutive All-Ireland final. Munster champions Limerick provided the opposition on this occasion and an exciting championship decider followed. Bernie Forde and P. J. Molloy goals for Galway meant that the men from the west led by 2–7 to 1–5 at half-time. Éamonn Cregan single-handedly launched the Limerick counter-attack in the second-half. Over the course of the game he scored 2–7, including an overhead goal and a point in which he showed the ball to full-back Conor Hayes and nonchalantly drove the ball over the bar. It was not enough to stem the tide and Galway went on to win the game by 2–15 to 3–9.[7] It was Galway's first All-Ireland title since 1923, with Coen picking up a coveted winners' medal and the celebrations surpassed anything ever seen in Croke Park.

1981 saw Galway reach a third consecutive All-Ireland final and Offaly were the opponents. Everything seemed to be going well for Coen's side as Galway hoped to capture a second consecutive All-Ireland title. Offaly 'keeper Damien Martin was doing great work in batting out an almost certain Galway goal early in the second-half. With twenty-three minutes left in the game Galway led by six points, however, they failed to score for the rest of the game. Johnny Flaherty hand-passed Offaly's second goal with just three minutes remaining. At the long whistle Galway were defeated by 2–12 to 0–15.[8]

Galway shocked reigning All-Ireland champions Cork in the semi-final to reach the decider once again in 1985. Offaly provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland final and another tense game ensued. Once again it was Offaly's goal-scoring ability that proved crucial. Pat Cleary scored the first of the day after twenty-five minutes of play and got his second less than half a minute after the restart. Joe Dooley had a goal disallowed halfway through the second-half while a long Joe Cooney effort, which seemed to cross the goal line, was not given. P. J. Molloy was Galway's goal scorer, however, the day belonged to Offaly. A 2–11 to 1–12 score line resulted in defeat for Galway.[9] In spite of this defeat Coen picked up a coveted All-Star award.

Coen played his last championship game for Galway in the 1986 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Kerry.


Coen also lined out with Connacht in the inter-provincial series of games and enjoyed much success.

In 1982 Coen was at right corner-back as Connacht reached the inter-provincial decider. A 3–8 to 2–9 defeat of Leinster gave Coen his first Railway Cup medal. Defeat of the same opposition in 1983 allowed Connacht to retain the title for the first time in their history, giving Coen a second Railway Cup medal.

Managerial career


On 11 December 2002, Conor Hayes was appointed manager of the Galway senior team, with Coen joining the management team as selector.[10] The highlight of his tenure with the backroom team was a shock 5–18 to 4–18 All-Ireland semi-final defeat of Kilkenny, however, Galway were later defeated by Cork in the All-Ireland decider.


In January 2014 Coen joined Mike McNamara's management team as a selector to the Mullagh senior hurling team.[11]







  1. "Séamus Coen". Hurling Stats website. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. "The men who changed the face of Galway hurling". Irish Independent. 7 September 2005. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. "New names announced for Galway management team". Breaking News website. 20 January 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  4. "Clare Invasion in Galway". GAA Scores website. 16 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  5. "Mullagh GAA Club". Mullagh GAA website. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  6. "Waiting in the long grass". RTÉ Sport. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. "Diary of a weekend that will forever live in the memory". Galway Library website. 12 September 1980. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  8. Houlihan, Con (13 September 1981). "Offaly's glorious first". Sixmilebridge GAA website. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  9. "Galway aim to avoid a not so magnificent 7". Irish Independent. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
  10. "Conor Hayes appointed Galway hurling manager". Breaking News website. 12 December 2002. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  11. "Mike Mac to manage Mullagh". Hogan Stand website. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
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