Some of the best GAA nicknames and where they came from

9 April 2016; Seamus Plunkett, Laois manager. Allianz Hurling League, Division 1B Promotion / Relegation Play-off, Westmeath v Laois, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

It’s hard to beat a good GAA nickname.Not all are politically correct, some are unsavoury, many appeal to our inner child, but there’s plenty of good ones out there.

Without them, we would never have had a situation where a DJ was being marked by a dancer — that being Kilkenny forward DJ Carey and ex-Tipperary corner-back Martin Maher (a set-dancing All-Ireland winner).

Please let us know on social media or in the comments below any other great GAA nicknames — and their backgrounds — from club or county level.

This nickname for ex-Laois boss Seamus Plunkett has nothing to do with the caller’s best-laid plans, more a case of a young child in his first day at school mis-pronouncing a word which sounded something like Cheddar and ending up sticking.

Derry forward Eoin Bradley likes to skin his opponents.

Paidi O Se christened Seamus Moynihan ‘The Pony’ because he was a natural successor to the Tim ‘Horse’ Kennelly.

The nickname origin for Seanie Tobin of Limerick is simple: it sounds similar to Teletubbies.


The story goes that, as a young fella, Colm Cooper’s head happened to resemble that of a 'Goochie doll'.


As a child, Diarmuid Lyng was having trouble sleeping one night after watching ‘Gremlins’ which included a furry protagonist named Gizmo. His father started calling him that initially, but over time it morphed into Gizzy.

In sixth class, everyone in Eamonn Callaghan’s class had a nickname except for him. The solution was to open up the dictionary and when the Kildare man found a page, the first word his friends saw was Leper.

Growing up, Tipperary half-forward Patrick Maher liked Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner.

If Diarmuid O’Sullivan had been nicknamed ‘The Rock’, then it was hardly surprising that his younger brother Paudie was branded with a similar label. A skilful forward but of a smaller physical stature, Paudie became known as Pebbles.


There are some nicknames that are so harsh that it would be unfair to identify their owners. Still, we’re quite happy to give you the nickname and explanations anyway.

The Tipperary club player is question got this nickname because of a penchant for pulling out of tackles.

Named so after the Windy City because, well, he was too windy to go into battle.

Picked up this moniker because he wasn’t related to a decent player.

A Kildare hurler was given this title because the rest of the team claimed to be carrying him.

A GAA player in UCC who refused to pass the ball, picked up this Irish tag.

This player was always on the bench.

Always needs strapping before a game