Playing Career – 1959 – 1982
The Tinnelly name has been synonymous with The Kingscourt Stars Club from the late 50’s, when Pat started playing Juvenile, right up to the present day with his son’s Ronan & Philip both presently playing at Senior level for the club.
It would be true to say that Pat was one of the most stylish, sporting, teak-tough and accomplished footballers that this great club has ever produced. He represented Cavan with distinction at Minor, U-21, Junior and Senior level and among his greatest achievements are winning two Ulster Senior medals, two Wembley Tournament medals and a Dr. McKenna Cup medal.
He served as a selector for Cavan and managed his native club team and is presently a member of the club’s working committee. When asked about the greatest players he had played against he cited Tony McTeague of Offaly and Mickey Kearns of Sligo as the best. Both very interesting choices.
Played Juvenile football for Kingscourt from 1958-1961.
Won U-16 Championship with Kingscourt in 1960.
Won Junior Championship with Kingscourt in 1961 at 16 years of age.
Won Minor Championship with Bailieborough in 1961.
Won Intermediate Championship with Kingscourt in 1976.
Won Senior Championship with Kingscourt in 1980 and 1981.
He also held the position of team manager in 1978.
Started his Inter-county career by playing Minor for Cavan in 1962 and ‘63.
Starting in 1964 he played Junior, U-21 and Senior Football for Cavan.
Captain of Cavan Senior Team from 1972 to 1976.
Won Wembley Tournament Medals in 1966 and ‘67.
Won a Dr. McKenna Cup Medal in 1968.
Won Ulster Senior Championship Medals in 1967 and 1969.
Won Cavan G.A.A Player Of The Year in 1974 .
Retired from County Football in 1977.
Served as a Cavan Selector in 1979.
Played Factory Football for Gypsum and was on the team that won The Quinn Shield in 1968.