Ryan McMenamin

Ryan McMenamin

Infobox GAA player | name =Ryan McMenamin
irish =Rian Mac Meanmán
occupation=Civil Servant
sport=Gaelic football
clposition= Right Corner Back
clyears=? -Present
counties= Tyrone
icposition= Right Half Back
icyears= ?- Present
icapps(points)=42 [cite news |first=Declan |last=Bogue |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=McGrane set for '60' |work=Gaelic Life |publisher= |date=2008-05-16 |accessdate=2008-05-17 ]
icupdate=15:42, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
clupdte=(00:03, 6 September 2006 (UTC))

Ryan 'Ricey' McMenamin is a Canadian-born Irish Gaelic football player who plays for Tyrone. He plays his club football for Dromore in Tyrone.

Despite normally starting at corner back, he is not a traditional corner back, often running with the ball up the pitch, and getting himself into scoring positions. [cite web | url=http://www.sini.co.uk/news/index2.phtml?id=374 | title = ARMAGH MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW | accessdate=2007-04-14 ] However, his marking is among the best in the country, and usually marks the opposition's leading scorers. [ cite web | url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/northern_ireland/gaelic_games/4189138.stm |title= McMenamin is doubtful for Tyrone |accessdate=2007-04-14]

His discipline is continually a concern, sometimes lashing out, or making clumsy tackles. In the opening game of the 2007 Ulster Senior Football Championship, despite being one of the few first choice panelists available on the injury-hit side, he was substituted just before half time because he had already picked up a yellow card and a ticking—meaning he was one bad tackle away from being sent off. He was visibly upset when he was shown coming off the field. [ citation | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/northern_ireland/the_championship/6674589.stm | title = Fermanagh 1-9 0-13 Tyrone | accessdate = 2007-05-23 | date = 2007-05-20 | publication= BBC Northern Ireland ]


He has three All-Ireland Medals for Tyrone. He received his first in 2003 when Tyrone won their first All-Ireland ever and again in 2005 and 2008.

He received a Vodafone GAA All-Star Award in 2005.

His 2005 achievements were blotted somewhat by his disciplinary record. He was given a yellow card late on in the replayed Ulster Championship, for dropping his knee onto a fallen player. This was upgraded to a sending off after the game, which meant that McMenamin would be suspended for the following four weeks, [cite web|url=http://www.rte.ie/sport/2005/0805/tyrone.html|title=Harte vows to fight McMenamin suspension|accessdate=2007-02-15] but Tyrone launched an appeal, employing the services of former player, and practicing solicitor, Fergal Logan. [cite web| url = http://www.rte.ie/sport/2006/0726/fordem.html| title= Wexford county board rally behind Forde| accessdate= 2007-02-15] The appeal was successful but only after McMenamin missed the All-Ireland qualifier against Monaghan. [cite web|url= http://www.rte.ie/sport/2005/0812/tyrone.html | title =McMenamin back to face Dubs|accessdate=2007-02-15]

This indiscipline has been apparent throughout his career, [cite web|url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/northern_ireland/gaelic_games/4322232.stm |title= McMenamin sent off in Dromore win | accessdate=2007-02-15] [cite web| url= http://www.gaa.ie/plugins/newsfeed.cgi?rm=content&plugin_data_id=18081 |title= Tyrone duo set for comeback| accessdate=2007-03-31] and he has made a name for his verbal taunting of his direct opponents during matches as well, [cite web| url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/low/northern_ireland/gaelic_games/6332753.stm | title=McMenamin could get 12-week ban| accessdate=2007-02-15] [citation | url = http://www.independent.ie/other/tyrone-find-form-704552.html | date = 2007-06-18 | publisher = Irish Independent | title= Tyrone find form | accessdate = 2007-06-20] which was mentioned by Oisin McConville in his autobiography. [citation | title = McMenamin to keep quiet | url = http://www.hoganstand.com/Tyrone/ArticleForm.aspx?ID=86023 | publisher = Hogan Stand | accessdate = 2007-11-17]

In 2006, he captained the much-depleted side due to injury to the captain, Brian Dooher. The side were knocked out of the Championship by Laois in July.

As of 2008 he remains a member of the Tyrone senior football team.


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