Donal Óg Cusack

Donal Óg Cusack

Born Mar 16, 1977

Donal Óg Cusack is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a goalkeeper for the Cork senior team. Cusack became first-choice goalkeeper when he succeeded Ger Cunningham for the 1999 championship. Since then he has retained the number one jersey and has won three All-Ireland medals, five Munster medals and two All-Star award. At club level Cusack plays with Cloyne.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Donal Óg Cusack.


1977 Birth Cusack was born in Cloyne, County Cork in 1977. … Read More


1994 17 Years Old Cusack was educated at the local national school in Cloyne village and later attended nearby Midleton CBS. It was here that his hurling talents first came to the fore. Cusack quickly became a key fixture on the school's senior hurling team and in 1994 his team lost the Dr. Harty Cup (Munster Senior Colleges' Hurling Championship) final. … Read More
1995 18 Years Old Cusack's hurling skills at colleges and club championship levels brought him to the attentions of the Cork inter-county selectors and he was soon picked for the minor team. In 1995 he won his sole Munster minor winners' medal as Cork trounced Waterford by 3–18 to 0–10. … Read More
1996 19 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Cusack made his senior debut during the 1996 Oireachtas Cup. … Read More


1997 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Cusack plays his local club hurling with his local club in Cloyne and has had some success with the club. He has annexed a number of East Cork hurling titles; however, it was as a member of the Imokilly divisional side in 1997 that he enjoyed his greatest success to date. … Read More
This victory allowed Cloyne to join the ranks of the Cork Senior Hurling Championship in 1998. By 2004 Cloyne had consolidated their position in the senior ranks, with Cusack serving as trainer of the team, and even reached the final. … Read More
2000 - 2001 2 More Events
2003 26 Years Old In 2003 Cork's players were vindicated in taking a stand as the team reached the Munster final for the first time in three years. … Read More
2004 27 Years Old 2004 saw Cork reach the Munster final once again and, for the second consecutive year, Waterford provided the opposition. … Read More
2005 28 Years Old In 2005 Cork were on form again. … Read More
2006 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006 expectations were high amongst Cork supporters that the team could win a third successive All-Ireland title. … Read More


2007 30 Years Old In 2007 Cork set out to atone for their failure to capture the elusive three in-a-row. … Read More
2008 31 Years Old 1 More Event
The beginning of 2008 saw Cork's pre-season preparation hampered due to disagreements with the Cork County Board. … Read More
2009 32 Years Old Cited by many as one of the most influential inter-county players of his generation, through his championing of the cause of player welfare with Cork, as chairman of the Gaelic Players Association and his innovation as a goalkeeper, Cusack became the first openly gay elite Irish sportsman in 2009. … Read More
2013 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2013 Óg Cusack was omitted from the Cork panel for the first time in 17 years by Jimmy Barry Murphy for the league campaign which more or less spelled the end of his inter county career.
2015 38 Years Old 1 More Event
He was appointed coach and selector to the Clare senior team on 26 October 2015.
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