Sean Lowry and Pat Delaney
Kinnitty's Pat Delaney and Ferbane's Sean Lowry will be inducted into the Offaly GAA Hall of Fame at this year’s Offaly GAA Awards Night sponsored by Bridge House Hotel on January 12.
Both men won All Irelands with the county, both were named as All Stars and both captained their clubs to county titles.
Pat Delaney played for Offaly from 1974 until 1989, making his debut in October 1974 when he lined out at wing-forward against Antrim in the National Hurling league. Coincidentally, he also played his final game also against Antrim in the All-Ireland Semi-Final of 1989 this time wearing the familiar number six jersey.
In all Pat made a 116 League and Championship appearances during a glittering career which saw him win two All-Ireland Medals, six Leinster Senior Medals and an All-Star Award. He was Texaco Hurler of the Year in 1981, while he also won five Offaly Senior Championship medals with Kinnitty, captaining the side to victory in 1983
Sean Lowry made 108 league and Championship appearances for Offaly between 1971 and 1984
His made his debut against Cork in the League in November 1971, lining out at right corner back. The following year he wore the number six jersey as Offaly won their second All-Ireland title with victory over Kerry following a replay. He played in a variety of positions over the next number of years, including full-back, midfield and full forward, before again donning the number six jersey when Offaly again defeated Kerry to win the 1982 All-Ireland. The image of him holding the ball above his head in celebration in that game when the final whistle went is one that still lives in the minds of Offaly GAA supporters. He made his final appearance for Offaly against Kildare in the League in March 1984. He then went on to play with Mayo winning a Connacht title in 1985.
He won three All-Ireland Senior medals, six Leinster medals and was honoured by the All-Star selectors on two occasions. He also won three Offaly Senior Football Championship medals with Ferbane, captaining them to victory in 1976.