J. J. Delaney (born 6 March 1982) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right wing-back for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2001 championship and immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen.
Delaney is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation. He has won eight All-Ireland winners' medals, ten Leinster winners' medals and six National League winners' medal. He has ended up as an All-Ireland runner-up on two occasions.
Delaney has a number of personal achievements. He has won five All-Star awards and was included on the GPA Hurling Team of the Year on two occasions. In 2003 he made a clean sweep of all the top individual awards, winning the All-Star, Texaco and GPA Hurler of the Year awards. In 2009 he was chosen on the Leinster team of the past twenty-five years.
Delaney is a member of a prolific hurling dynasty. His uncles, Billy Fitzpatrick and Pat Delaney, won nine All-Ireland medals between them throughout the 1970s and 1980s, while his father, Shem Delaney, shared in one of these All-Ireland successes as a non-playing substitute. His first cousin, P. J. Delaney, won an All-Ireland medal in 1993, while his younger brother, also P. J. Delaney, joined him on the Kilkenny senior team in 2006.
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