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The Province of Munster

Munster is one of the provinces of Ireland, in the south of Ireland. The province is divided into six traditional counties: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Munster is the largest of Ireland’s four provinces by land area, and the third largest by population.

In early Ireland, the Kingdom of Munster was one of the kingdoms of Gaelic Ireland ruled by a “king of over-kings.” Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into counties for administrative and judicial purposes. In later centuries, local government legislation has seen further sub-division of the historic counties.

Several sports in Munster are organised on a provincial basis, or operate competitions along provincial lines. This includes traditionally popular sports such as hurling, Gaelic football, rugby union and soccer, as well as cricket and hockey.

Munster is noted for its tradition of hurling. Three of the four most successful teams in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship are from Munster; Cork GAA, Tipperary GAA and Limerick GAA. The final of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship is one of the most important days in the Irish GAA calendar. Munster is the only province in Ireland wherein every one of its counties has won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.

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Munster Ancestry Database

The table below displays players, coaches, executives, and media personalities with Irish roots that can be traced to the province of Munster:

Last NameFirst NameCategoryEraLinkIrish CountyGenerationMLB DebutHOF
AndersonSparkyManager/CoachModern EraClare10th4/10/1959Yes
BarryJackPlayerDead Ball EraKerry1st7/13/1908No
BreslinJimmyMediaModern EraCork3rd1940'sNo
BresnahanRogerPlayerDead Ball EraLimerick1st8/27/1897Yes
BrouthersDanPlayerModern EraCork1st6/23/1879Yes
BuckJackMediaModern EraKerry2nd1954No
BuckJoeMediaModern EraKerry3rd1994No
BunningJimPlayerModern EraCork3rd7/20/1955Yes
CaseyDocPlayerDead Ball EraClare1st9/14/1898No
CashmanBrianExecutiveModern EraWaterford3rd1986No
CashmanTerryMediaModern EraClare2nd1959No
ClarksonJohnPlayerModern EraClare1st5/2/1882Yes
ClearyJosephPlayerModern EraCorkIrish Born8/4/1945No
ColemanEdMediaModern EraKerry2nd1978No
ColemanJerryMediaModern EraCork2nd4/20/1949No
CollinsEddiePlayerDead Ball EraCork3rd9/17/1906Yes
ConnorRogerPlayerEmerald AgeKerry1st5/1/1880Yes
ConnorsChuckPlayerModern EraWaterford3rd5/1/1949No
CostasBobMediaModern EraLimerick3rd6/1/1905No
CroninJoePlayerModern EraKerry1st4/29/1926Yes
CurranJohnPlayerEmerald AgeKerryIrish Born9/12/1876No
DevineBingExecutiveModern EraWaterford3rd1939No
DinneenBillPlayerDead Ball EraCork1st4/22/1898No
DonlinMikePlayerDead Ball EraClare1st7/19/1899No
DonohueSteveManager/CoachModern EraCork2nd1986No
DonovanDickPlayerModern EraCork2nd4/24/1950No
DonovanPatsyPlayerEmerald AgeCorkIrish Born4/19/1890No
DorganMikePlayerEmerald AgeCork1st5/8/1877No
DoyleConnyPlayerEmerald AgeKerryIrish Born6/23/1883No
DoyleJackPlayerEmerald AgeKerryIrish Born8/20/1889No
DunnAdamPlayerModern EraWaterford10th7/20/2001No
FidrychMarkPlayerModern EraCork4th4/20/1976No
FieldsJockoPlayerEmerald AgeCorkIrish Born5/31/1887No
FinleyChuckPlayerModern EraCork8th5/29/1986No
FlahertyJohnPlayerModern EraKerry2nd4/12/1992No
FlanaganMikePlayerModern EraClare3rd9/5/1975No
FoleyCurryPlayerEmerald AgeKerryIrish Born5/13/1879No
FoleyRedMediaModern EraCork1st1947No
FordeShannonManager/CoachModern EraKerry4th1994No
GalvinPudPlayerEmerald AgeClare1st5/22/1875Yes
GlavineTomPlayerModern EraCork4th8/17/1987Yes
GleesonJimPlayerModern EraClare1st4/25/1936No
GormanTomUmpireModern EraLimerick2nd9/11/1951No
GuidryRonPlayerModern EraCork8th7/27/1975No
HafeyChickPlayerModern EraCork1st8/28/1924Yes
HarringtonJoePlayerEmerald AgeCork1st9/10/1895No
HartnettGabbyPlayerModern EraTipperary3rd4/12/1922Yes
HernandezKeithPlayerModern EraKerry9th8/30/1974No
HinesMikePlayerEmerald AgeKerryIrish Born5/1/1883No
HoranPatrickPlayerEmerald AgeClareIrish Born5/17/1884No
HorriganJeffMediaModern EraKerry4th1990No
HubbardCalUmpireModern EraKerry9th1936Yes
JeterDerekPlayerModern EraCork5th5/29/1995Yes
KeefeTimPlayerEmerald AgeCork1st8/6/1880Yes
KeelerWilliePlayerEmerald AgeCork1st9/30/1892Yes
KellyHighpocketsPlayerDead Ball EraLimerick2nd8/18/1915Yes
MackConnieManager/CoachDead Ball EraKerry1st9/11/1886Yes
MaloneFergyPlayerEmerald AgeTipperaryIrish Born5/20/1871No
ManningJackPlayerModern EraCork1st8/15/1929No
McCarthyJosephManager/CoachModern EraLimerick1st4/13/1926Yes
McCarthyTommyPlayerEmerald AgeKerry1st8/27/1881Yes
McCarverTimPlayerModern EraTipperary3rd9/10/1959No
McDougaldGilPlayerModern EraWaterford4th4/20/1951No
McDowellSamPlayerModern EraKerry3rd9/15/1961No
McGrawJohnManager/CoachModern EraTipperary1st4/26/1891Yes
McGwireMarkPlayerModern EraCork5th4/20/1986No
McInnisStuffyPlayerDead Ball EraLimerick3rd4/12/1909No
McNallyDavePlayerModern EraCork2nd9/26/1962No
MorganJoeManager/CoachModern EraClare1st4/14/1959No
MorrillJohnPlayerEmerald AgeKerry1st4/24/1876No
MullaneTonyPlayerEmerald AgeCorkIrish Born8/27/1881No
MurnaneTimPlayerEmerald AgeTipperary1st4/26/1872Yes
MurphyJohnnyPlayerModern EraKerry1st5/19/1932No
MurrayBillExecutiveModern EraWaterford3rd1978No
MurrayJimMediaModern EraCork2nd1961No
MurrayRedPlayerDead Ball EraKerry2nd6/16/1906No
NeedhamTomPlayerDead Ball EraCorkIrish Born5/12/1904No
O'BrienDaveMediaModern EraClare3rd1987No
O'ConnorPaddyPlayerDead Ball EraKerryIrish Born4/17/1908No
O'ConnorJohnnyPlayerModern EraKerryIrish Born9/16/1916No
O'DayHankUmpireEmerald AgeClare1st5/2/1884Yes
O'DoulLeftyPlayerModern EraLimerick2nd4/29/1919No
O'HearnRyanPlayerModern EraCork5th7/31/2018No
O'LoughlinPatPlayerEmerald AgeClareIrish Born5/9/1883No
PowersDocPlayerDead Ball EraWaterford1st7/12/1898No
RoushEddPlayerModern EraCork2nd4/20/1913Yes
RudiJoePlayerModern EraKerry5th4/11/1967No
RyanCyclonePlayerEmerald AgeTipperaryIrish Born8/8/1887No
RyanJimmyPlayerEmerald AgeClare1st10/8/1885No
RyanNolanPlayerModern EraTipperary7th9/11/1966Yes
ShaughnessyDannyMediaModern EraLimerick4th1977No
SheaBillExecutiveModern EraLimerick2nd1958No
SnitkerBrianManager/CoachModern EraLimerick3rd1980No
SullivanBillPlayerEmerald AgeCorkIrish Born7/15/1884No
SullivanSleeperPlayerEmerald AgeCorkIrish Born5/13/1881No
SullivanTedExecutiveEmerald AgeClareIrish Born7/15/1884No
SweeneyBillPlayerDead Ball EraCork1st6/14/1907No
SweeneyMikePlayerModern EraWaterford4th9/14/1995No
TobinJackPlayerDead Ball EraCork1st4/16/1914No
TroutMikePlayerModern EraLimerick10th7/8/2011No
TudorJohnPlayerModern EraCork4th8/16/1979No
WelchMickeyPlayerModern EraTipperary1st5/1/1880Yes
WilhelmHoytPlayerModern EraCork6th4/18/1952Yes
WilliamsTedPlayerModern EraCork3rd4/20/1938Yes
WillsDaveMediaModern EraLimerick3rd2005No
YastrzemskiMikePlayerModern EraKerry4th5/25/2019No

Munster Baseball Achievements and Notable Events

The table below displays notable achievements of baseball players and coaches whose Irish roots can be traced to the province of Munster:

Last NameFirst NameIrish CountyGenerationEvent DateEvent Description
O'NeillMikeGalwayIrish born6/3/1902Mike O'Neill is first player to hit a pinch Grand Slam homerun in NL and MLB history
PowersDocWaterford1st4/12/1909Doc Powers is first ballplayer to die in a baseball related injury
KavanaghMartyDublin1st9/24/1916Marty Kavanagh is first player to hit a pinch Grand Slam homerun in AL history
KellyGeorgeLimerick2nd7/16/1924George "Highpockets" Kelly first to hit a Homerun in 6 consecutive games
VanceDazzyDown5th10/5/1929Dazzy Vance finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 1920's with 1,464
HornsbyRogersTyrone4th10/6/1929Rogers Hornsby finishes the decade as the leader in Hits for the 1920's with 2,085
FoxxJimmieWicklow7th9/30/1939Jimmie Foxx finishes the decade as the leader in Homeruns for the 1930's with 415
GroveLeftyDerry8th9/30/1939Lefty Grove finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 1930's with 199
SheaSpecDublin1st7/8/1947Spec Shea is first rookie Pitcher to win an All Star Game
McDougaldGilWaterford4th10/9/1951Gil McDougald is first rookie to hit a Grand Slam in a World Series
AshburnRichieAntrim7th9/27/1959Richie Ashburn finishes the decade as the leader in hits for the 1950's with 1,875
McLainDennyDublin3rd6/15/1965Denny McLain is first pitcher to strikeout the first 7 batters in one game
KillebrewHarmonDublin6th10/2/1969Harmon Killebrew finishes the decade as the leader in Homeruns for the 1960's with 393
WilhelmHoytCork6th5/10/1970Hoyt Wilhelm is first pitcher in history to appear in 1,000 games
RyanNolanTipperary7th5/15/1973Nolan Ryan pitches his 1st of 7 No-Hitters
PalmerJimLeitrim1st9/30/1979Jim Palmer finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 1970's with 186
RyanNolanTipperary7th9/30/1979Nolan Ryan finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 1970's with 2,678
HernandezKeithKerry9th11/13/1979Keith Hernandez is first to win Co-MVP Award. Shared with Willie Stargell
MolitorPaulMonaghan3rd10/12/1982Paul Molitor is the first player to get 5 hits in one World Series Game
AndersonSparkyClare10th10/14/19841st Manager to Win a World Series in Both Leagues (Reds and Tigers)
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th4/29/1986Roger Clemens is first pitcher to strikeout 20 players in one game
GibsonKirkAntrim8th10/15/1988An injured Kirk Gibson hits a dramatic game winning HR in Game 1 of 1988 World Series
RyanNolanTipperary7th10/1/1989Noland Ryan finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 1980's with 2,167
BrettGeorgeGalway2nd10/3/1990George Brett is first player to win 3 Batting Crowns in 3 different decades
EckersleyDennisArmagh7th8/23/1992Dennis Eckersley is first pitcher to obtain 40 saves in 4 different seasons.
Ripken Jr.CalDonegal4th9/6/1995Cal Ripken break's Lou Gehrig's record of consecutive games played.
MadduxGregCavan6th11/12/1995Greg Maddux is first Pitcher in history to win 4 counsecutive Cy Young Awards
MolitorPaulMonaghan3rd9/16/1996Paul Molitor joins the 3,000 Hit Club and is the first to do so with a Triple
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th11/10/1997Roger Clemens is first Americna Leaguer to win 4 Cy Young Awards
McGwireMarkCork5th8/20/1998Mark McGwire is first to hit over 50 Homeruns in 3 consecutive seasons
McGwireMarkCork5th9/8/1998Mark McGwire is first to break Roger Maris's Homerun record of 61 in one season
McGwireMarkCork5th9/27/1998Mark McGwire is first to hit 70 Homeruns in a season
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th11/16/1998Rogers Clemens is the first to win 5 Cy Young Awards
BoggsWadeDublin7th8/7/1999Wade Boggs joins the 3,000 Hit Club and is the first to do so with a Homerun
JeterDerekCork5th10/4/2009Derek Jeter finishes the decade as the leader in hits for the 2000's with 1,940
McGwireMarkCork5th10/4/2009Mark McGwire finishes the decade as the leader in Homeruns for the 1990's with 405
MadduxGregCavan6th10/4/2009Greg Maddux finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 1990's with 170
ScherzerMaxFermanagh4th9/29/2019Max Scherzer finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 2010's with 161
ScherzerMaxFermanagh4th9/29/2019Max Scherzer finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 2010's with 2,452
LeonardAndyCavanIrish born4/22/1876Andy Leonard is first Irish born Major League Ballplayer
ConnorRogerKerry1st9/10/1881Roger Connor is first player to hit a Grand Slam Homerun
HarringtonJoeCork1st9/10/1885Joe Harrington is first player to hit a Homerun in his first At Bat
O'RourkeJimDonegal1st4/14/1876Jim O'Rourke gets first hit for the new National League playing for the Boston Red Caps
WelchMickeyTipperary1st9/10/1889Mickey Welch, NY Giants, gets credit for first ever pinch hit, he struck out.