(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.
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... Read More