Rising star Profile: Moortown’s Tarlach Quinn relishing Tyrone GAA’s all Ireland showcase in Croke Park

A huge exodus of Red Hand fans will make the journey south to Croke Park on Sunday in eager anticipation at what lies in store for the mammoth Tyrone v Dublin senior semi final showdown at GAA HQ.

That massive contest is down for decision at 4pm on Sunday but the day will open with a tie that must surely attract a huge Tyrone support for what is a historic all Ireland title decider. Tyrone GAA, who have had such a fantastic record in the minor series over the decades, now line out in the first ever all Ireland Under 17 Championship final with this competition taking over from the Under 18 championship from next season.

Moortown’s Tarlach Quinn captained Tyrone to the Ulster Under 16 Buncrana Cup title and will line out for the County Under 17 team in Sunday’s historic first All Ireland final in Croke Park

A very exciting and talented young Tyrone side take on Roscommon in a bid to become the first ever winners of the competition after the Connacht side overcame a highly regarded Kerry side in the semi final. But this Tyrone team go into the game having delivered a 100% winning record in 2017 with title wins in the Ulster U17 football league, Ulster Under 17 championship and now booking a place in the all Ireland final.

We have already published profiles with a few key stars within the Tyrone Under 17 camp – namely team captain, Cormac Munroe, Errigal Ciaran’s Darragh Canavan, Killeeshil’s Daniel Millar and Loughmacrory’s Antoin Fox.

We now head east of the county and catch up with a player who has excelled in the Tyrone Under 17 half-back line in that impressive winning run but who is also one a few players who also recently secured Ulster Under 16 glory in the Buncrana Cup (a first for Tyrone since 2011). Indeed, significantly, Moortown’s Tarlach Quinn is not only the Tyrone Under 16 captain who led the Red Hands to that recent title win in Donegal but who also can boast a 100% record with the O’Neill County at both Under 16 and Under 17 level in 2017 – not a bad feat!!!

All augurs well for the future at a time when the Tyrone senior team are bringing the County to a level of euphoria which has not been experienced since that last famous Sam Maguire Cup title win in 2008.

Exciting times indeed for Tyrone GAA – and certainly a very positive advertisement for the work of Club Tyrone and the impressive work being carried out by the Tyrone Academies in Garvaghey.

Here you go with the latest in our ‘Rising Star’ Profiles in Tyrone Life – Tyrone Under 16 captain and Under 17 player – Moortown’s Tarlach Quinn.

Before we move 0n – Best wishes to Tarlach and all the Tyrone Under 17 management and players in Sunday’s All Ireland Final – all Tyrone Supporters should be making their way into the stadium for 12noon to see not just our potential senior stars of the future but our fantastic young GAA Stars of the present! #wesupporttyrone

Rising star Profile:
Tarlach Quinn, Moortown & Tyrone GAA

Sporting Achievements to date…

GAA football –

  • Tyrone U14 Feile 2012
  • Tyrone U16 Grade 2 League and Championship 2016
  • U16 Buncrana Cup
  • Ulster U17 League
  • Ulster U17 Championship

Tarlach Quinn receives the Buncrana Cup from Ulster GAA President, Michael Hasson

Other sports:

  • First year hurling blitz


Best School memories so far:

  • Getting to the Rafferty Cup final last year

Best memories with Moortown underage football teams up to present day with minors:

  • Making history by winning the Tyrone U14 Feile in 2012.
  • Winning the U16 League and Championship

completing the Grade 2 Tyrone Under 16 league and championship double with Moortown in 2016

Click Here to read report of Under 16 final on Teamtalkmag

Best and worst Sporting memories overall which have stood out for you so far:

  • Best memory would have to be lifting the Buncrana Cup two weeks ago
  • My worst sporting memory has to be not performing well in the Rafferty cup final and getting badly beaten by St Ciaran’s

You have reached the age of 75, are sitting in a ‘rocking chair’ and looking back at your life. What things would you be hoping to look back on positively that you have done in…

…Sport (any):

  • Having no regrets


  • Make enough money


  • Around the world

…Something you did in your Community:

  • Help coaching an underage team in Moortown
  • Also, helping out the club in any way I can

Tarlach Quinn (3rd from left, front row) with the Moortown players in the Mini Games Half time blitz at the 2007 County Finals Day

You achieved this one big ambition? What is it?

  • Win the Tyrone senior championship with Moortown

Football… Tell us about…

Best 3 players you played with – what’s their best trait?

  • Darragh Canavan- Accuracy
  • Tomas Hoy- Nippy
  • Daniel Millar- Speed

Best 3 players you played against?

  • Conall Devlin
  • Cormaic Donnelly
  • Rian Mclernon

Best match you’ve been involved in?

  • U16 league 2 years ago, Ardboe V Moortown

Best football match you’ve seen?

  • Mayo V Kerry all Ireland semi-final last Saturday

Training drill that you think “oh no”?

  • Any drill that involves sprinting

Best training drill you have done?

  • Backs and forwards

Tyrone GAA Academy – best points about it, how you’ve improved?

  • Mixing with other players and getting to know them.
  • Getting to play with some of the best players in the county at my age.

One thing you think will change in Gaelic football in next 10 years?

  • Football will start to become more attacking.

Club Life…

3 things really good about Moortown Club?

  • Good youth teams coming through
  • The new club facilities (when they are completed)
  • Great community spirit

Greatest memory watching your club in any match or competition?

  • St Paul’s Ulster Minor Club Championship Semi final- Moortown V Crossmaglen, it was class!

Tarlach pictured with family members celebrating Moortown’s Tyrone Under 16 double in 2016

3 Characters in your Club?

  • Barney Devlin
  • Ronan McGuigan
  • Tony Brick

If you could be another club player for 1 week, who would it be and why?

  • Ronan Diddler, unbelievable left peg on him

Sponsor: DAC

For fun…

Put a name of someone you know to the characteristic below:

Confident: Mark Devlin

Great craic: Shea Ryan

One liners: Sean Paul Quinn

Scary: Paul Quinn

Tough: Oisin McVeigh

Fast: Ronan Mckenna

Skillful (sport): Shane Murphy

Genius: Ryan ‘Regie’ Mallon

Trendsetter: Butch Kelly

Funniest person you know? One sentence that best describes them? Chris Muldoon- the mans not wise

Name 2 people who you’ve always thought were ‘spitting image doubles’: Thomas Doris and the BFG

Gaelic football… Your choice…

U17 or U18 football: U18

Black Card or Sin Bin: Sin bin

15 or 13 aside: 15 aside


Stephen O’Neill or Owen Mulligan: Owen Mulligan

Aidan O’Shea or Kieran Donaghy: Aidan O’Shea

Lee Keegan or Diarmuid Connolly: Lee Keegan

Joe Brolly or Pat Spillane: Joe Brolly

My tips:

Winner of 2017 All Ireland Minor FC (U18): Kerry

Winner of 2017 All Ireland Senior FC: Tyrone

2017 Footballer of the Year: Peter Harte

2017 Minor Footballer of the Year (outside of Tyrone): David Clifford

My favourites…

Gaelic Footballers:

  • Lee Keegan
  • Diarmuid Connolly

Players from Moortown:

  • Conan McLernon
  • Daniel Kelly

Players to play for Tyrone:

  • Matty Donnelly
  • Tiernan McCann

Sports: Gaelic Football


  • Conor McGregor
  • Ronaldo

Band/Singer(s): The Script

TV Show(s): Friends

Movie(s): Any of the fast and furious movies

Food: Pizza

Place (For a nite out): Teen clubland- some spot

Place (apart from home): Moortown football pitch

Sports Venue: Croke park

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter? Why? Facebook- Funny posts

Inspirational Quote you like?

‘Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference’

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