Kieran Donaghy

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Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Irish Name Ciarán Mac Aindriú
Place of birth Kerry, Ireland
Height 6 ft 5 in
Nickname(s) Star
Club information
Club Austin Stacks
Position Full Forward
Club Years Apps (scores)
Austin Stacks ? -Present
Inter County
County Kerry
Position Full Forward
Inter County(ies)**
County Years Apps (scores)
Kerry 2005- Present
Inter County Titles
Munster Titles 0
All-Ireland 1
All-Stars 1

* club appearances and scores
correct as of (09:49, 17 September 2006 (UTC)).
**Inter County team apps and scores correct
as of (09:49, 17 September 2006 (UTC)).

Kieran Donaghy is an Irish Gaelic footballer for Kerry. He plays his club football for Austin Stacks in Tralee. He also plays basketball for Abrakebabra Tigers.[1]

Football career

He switched in 2005 from playing basketball for Tralee Tigers, to play midfield for the Kerry team. Kieran began the 2006 League Season as a midfield partner for Dara O'Se with moderate success. He was sent off in the league game away to All Ireland Champions Tyrone. The campaign ended with Kerry being crowned League Champions but there were some doubts about Donaghy's temprement. He started the Championship in the same position and turned in reasonable performances against Waterford and Tipperary. In the Munster Final vs. Cork in Killarney Keiran was involved in a tussle with Cork's Anthony Lynch with Lynch receiving a red card. Kienan was later harshly sent off and was banned for the subsequent replay which Kerry lost with a very poor display. In the a qualifier game in Killarney against Longford, Kieran was moved to the Full Forward position setting up 3 goals, a number of points as well as scoring a point himself.

Donaghy continued in that form against Armagh in the Quater final scoring a crucial goal. He was in great form against Cork playing off balls and scoring one for himself.

His next challenge was the All Ireland Final against Mayo on September 17 at Croke Park. Donaghy played a pivotal role in Kerrys drubbing of Mayo by a scoreline of 4-15 3-05, He created Kerry's first goal and almost immediately scored one himself.

Contrary to the popular misconception his nickname, 'Star', is not due to his height (6ft 5in) and his tremendous performances but is one he was christened with by local tralee legend Aidan O Connor. He has also been hailed as the new Bomber .He is the classic full forward target man and probably the best in his position at the moment with teams finding high ball into him almost impossible to defend.

His 2006 performances were acknowledged when he was awarded the GPA Footballer of the Year award, the Texaco Footballer of the Year award, named on the GAA All Stars Awards team and named All Stars Footballer of the Year.

In 2005 he won the national cup with the Tralee Tigers and won Irish player of the year.

His cousin Siobhán Donaghy is a singer from London.

External links

Kerry Senior Football Team