Sylvie Linnane

Sylvie Linnane

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Sylvie Linnane (born 29 December 1956 in Gort, County Galway) is an Irish retired sportsman. He played hurling with his local club Gort and was a member of the Galway senior inter-county team in the 1970s and 1980s. Linnane is regarded as one of Galway’s greatest-ever players and multi all-star winner.

Playing career


Linnane played his club hurling with his local club in Gort and enjoyed some success. He won his first county title in 1981. This was later converted into a Connacht club title, however, Gort were defeated by James Stephens in the subsequent All-Ireland semi-final. Linnane captured another brace of county and provincial titles in 1983 before lining out in his first All-Ireland club final. Gort took on Ballyhale Shamrocks on that occasion, however, victory went to the Kilkenny men on the day.


Linnane first came to prominence on the inter-county scene with the Galway at under-age levels. At minor level he lined out in the All-Ireland final of 1973, however, Kilkenny were victorious on that occasion. Linnane later played with the Galway under-21 team, however, he had little success in this grade.

Linanne later joined the Galway senior team in the late 1970s. That year the team shocked Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final for the second time of the decade. The subsequent All-Ireland final saw Linnane come on as a substitute as Galway played Kilkenny. In one of the least exciting finals of the decade Galway continued their losing...
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