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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1977 Birth Donal Óg 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 Cusack's move onto the Cork senior team was a natural progression for such a talented player. He made his senior debut in an Oireachtas game against Tipperary in 1996, however, at the time Ger Cunningham's position as first-choice goalkeeper was safe.


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 senior county 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
1999 - 2001 3 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 1 More Event
In 2007 Cork set out to atone for their failure to capture the elusive three in-a-row. … Read More
2008 31 Years Old …  The players on the 2008 panel, with Cusack taking a more subdued role than normal, refused to play or train under McCarthy. (see 2008-2009 Cork players strike). … Read More
2009 32 Years Old 1 More Event
On 18 October 2009, Cusack revealed to the Irish Mail on Sunday that he is gay.
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