Christy Ryan R.I.P

St Finbarr’s and Cork mourn the death of highly decorated dual star Christy Ryan

Mark Woods (The Echo)

THE death has taken place of Christy Ryan, the former Cork football captain and St Finbarr’s club stalwart. He was 63. Ryan, who was also a Cork hurler, won a national football league medal in 1980, manning the defence from centre-back. He was part of two successful Cork teams in Munster, leading the side on that famous day when Tadhg Murphy’s late goal rocked Kerry in the 1983 final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Four years later Ryan bagged his second Munster senior medal when Cork overcame their great rivals by 0-13 to 1-5 in the decider in Killarney. The St Finbarr’s great was full-forward in 1987 when Cork reached the All-Ireland final to lose to Meath.

Ryan’s exploits with the Barrs came during their golden era, winners of the All-Ireland club titles in both football and hurling. The foundations of those brilliant teams were laid by the all-conquering minor sides of 1976, when the Barrs completed the league and championship double in both codes with Ryan captaining the footballers. Among his vast collection of medals, Ryan pocketed three All-Ireland clubs, when they managed to keep clean sheets in all three finals. The first of those came in the 1979-80 campaign, which yielded an historic title following the 3-9 to 0-8 win over Connacht champions St Grellan’s from Galway. The Barrs retained their crown the following season, on this occasion denying Walterstown from Meath by 1-8 to 0-6 in the decider. And the Togher club were champions again in 1986-87 after defeating Clann na Gael from Roscommon by 0-10 to 0-7 in the final.

CHRISTY RYAN’S PLAYING CAREER

1975

Cork County Champions in Minor Hurling (Captain) and Minor Football Cork Minor Footballer

1976

Cork County Senior Football Champions

Defeated in the semi-final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

1977

Cork County Senior Hurling Champions (scored the Barrs goal in front of 34,151 spectators)

Munster Club Senior Hurling Champions

Defeated in quarter-final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

Cork County Under 21 Football Champions (Captain)

Cork U21 Footballer and Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

1978

All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Champions

Cork County Under 21 Football Champions (Captain)

Defeated semi-finalists in the Cork County Senior Hurling and Football Championships

Cork U21 Footballer and Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

Cork U21 Hurler

1979

Cork County Senior Football Champions (Man of the Match)

Munster Club Senior Football Champions

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League (defeated finalists) and Munster Championship

1980 – Barrs best in Hurling and Football

All-Ireland Club Senior Football Champions

Cork County Senior Hurling Champions

Munster Club Senior Hurling Champions

Cork County Senior Football Champions (Captain)

Munster Club Senior Football Champions (Captain)

Cork Senior Footballer – National League (Champions and Captain) and Munster Championship

Cork Senior Hurler – National Hurling League Champions

Christy Ryan and Jimmy Barry Murphy won National League medals in Hurling & Football in 1980

1981 – Barrs in All-Ireland Club Hurling & Football Finals

All Ireland Club Senior Football Champions (Captain)

Cork County Senior Hurling Champions (Top scorer in the Championship with 6-05)

Defeated in the semi-final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

Cork Senior Hurler – Munster Championship

1982 – Barrs best in Hurling and Football

Cork County Senior Hurling Champions

Cork County Senior Football Champions

Munster Club Senior Football Champions

Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

1983

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Defeated in the semi-final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship (Champions and Captain)

1984

Cork County Senior Hurling Champions (scored 3-1 against Blackrock in the semi-final)

Defeated in the final in the Cork County Senior Football Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

1985

Cork County Senior Football Champions

Defeated in the first round of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

1986

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

Munster Club Senior Football Champions

Defeated in the quarter-final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League and Munster Championship

1987

All-Ireland Club Senior Football Champions

Defeated in the second round of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

Defeated in the semi-final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Cork Senior Footballer – National League, Munster Championship (Champions) and defeated in the All-Ireland Senior Football Final

1988 – Barrs win their fifth Senior Hurling Championship in the 80’s

Cork County Senior Hurling Champions (starred in the County Final)

Defeated in the quarter-final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

1989

Defeated in the semi-final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

1990

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship (after a replay)

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship (Captain)

1991

Defeated in the quarter-final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship

Defeated in the final of the Cork County Senior Football Championship

1992

Defeated in the quarter-final of the Cork County Senior Hurling Championship (after a replay)

Defeated in the second round of the Cork County Senior Football Championship (after a replay)

TEAM MANAGEMENT

Following his retirement in 1992, he acted in various capacities (selector/manager/mentor) on a number of Barrs hurling and football teams over the next 3 decades.

ROLL OF HONOUR with BARRS 

• Played at senior level for the Barrs for 17 consecutive seasons

•11 Cork County Senior Championships (6 Hurling and 5 Football – Captain in 1980; played in 20 County Finals)

• 6 Munster Senior Club Championships (2 Hurling and 4 Football – Captain in 1980)

• 4 All-Ireland Club Championship (1 Hurling and 3 Football – Captain in 1981)

• 2 U21 County Championships (2 Football – Captain of both teams)

• 2 Minor County Championships (1 Hurling – Captain, 1 Football as player)

ROLL OF HONOUR with CORK

• Cork Senior Championship Footballer from 1977 to 1987 (11 consecutive seasons and played some outstanding games against the greatest Kerry teams of all times)

• Cork Senior Championship Hurler in 1981 (National League in 1980)

• 2 Munster Senior Football Championships (Captain in 1983)

• All-Ireland Senior Football Runners up in 1987

• 2 National League Medals (1 Football – Captain and 1 Hurling)