Past Pupils

Denis Irwin was fantastic chess player, as well as a hurler, Gaeilic footballer and footballer while attending Togher Boys National School. He is best known for his long and successful stint at Manchester United, where he won a host of domestic and European trophies in his time there between 1990 and 2002.

Denis moved from Oldham Athletic To United after some epic performances in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final for £625,000.

While at United he won 13 major trophies.

  • Won his first trophy in 1991 – UEFA Cup Winners Cup
  • First Premier League 1993 – United’s first since 1967
  • Part of United’s first double team in 1994
  • Won the Treble in 1998-99 (Treble of the Premier League title, the FA Cup, and the UEFA Champions League

Denis was a free kick specialist and scored 33 goals for United.

Earlier in his career he played for Leeds United and then Oldham Athletic, and finished his career with a two-year spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Irwin was capped by the Republic of Ireland national side 56 times, scoring four goals and featuring in the side that reached the second round (last 16) at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Ireland beat Italy for the first time ever in the first game in that World Cup 1-0.

Another free kick for Ireland