David O’Brien, Thomas Davis Corrinshego , Craobh Rua Hurling Club and Armagh
Married to Teresa with 2 kids, Liam 10 and Katie 7, David has been teaching in Navan, County Meath for the last 17 years.
Over the years, David has been involved in all aspects of the GAA: coaching; playing; refereeing; fundraising; administration; from schools level, third level to county level. With a Kerry mother and a father from a Kilkenny background, the GAA was always going to play a big role in his life. His grandfather hurled for Kilkenny and his grand-uncle Seanie O’Brien played full-forward in 6 All-Irelands including the famous Thunder and Lightning Final of 1939. A first cousin of his father also called Seanie O’Brien scored 4 goals in the 1973 All-Ireland MHC final.
He played his first game of hurling as a first year pupil for Armagh CBS against St. Enda’s, Glengormley. He attended Queen’s and UUJ and hurled for both. During his time in London, he was involved with Naomh Mhuire.
David is a Trustee of Thomas Davis Corrinshego and secretary, a position held for the last 13 years, as well as insurance officer, Minor Board delegate and registrar. He is currently registrar of Thomas Davis Ladies GFC and Craobh Rua Hurling Club, as well as Minor Board delegate and County Board delegate for Craobh Rua, and in 2015 he joined Armagh CCC of the County Board.
“I enjoy it, I love it, it’s a drug and it’s great to be involved. Some weeks, I’m out every night between the two clubs. In 2013, I was diagnosed with kidney cancer and it was the support of the clubs and the GAA which got me through it. Last Friday in Lurgan, I was a member of the Thomas Davis Tráth na gCeist team who finished third in the Armagh Irish language quiz and will now go on to the Ulster Final. The next morning was spent back in Lurgan for an U10 hurling blitz and on Sunday morning refereeing a senior challenge game between my club and Newry Mitchells. It is a juggle, especially when you have kids, but Teresa is very understanding and as Nora Harvey of Corrinshego said about her husband, Corrinshego legend Frank Harvey, ‘Sure I never argued with him – I never seen him to get the chance.’