Michael Kelly (Gaelic footballer)

Michael Kelly (born 1960s) is a former Gaelic footballer who played as goalkeeper for Four Masters and the Donegal county team.

Michael Kelly
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Goalkeeper
Born 1960s
Years Club
Four Masters
Years County

Kelly played for Donegal in the 1987 Ulster Senior Football Championship but had trouble establishing himself in other seasons due to the presence of Gary Walsh, who would play as goalkeeper for the county's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship-winning team five years later. Thus, 1987's championship was Kelly's only involvement as a player in that competition.[1]

Brian McEniff was searching for a new reserve goalkeeper in 1991 when he noticed Paul Callaghan at a game in Urris.[2] Callaghan served as reserve goalkeeper when Donegal won the Sam Maguire Cup in 1992.[3]


  1. ^ Foley, Alan (9 June 2016). "How many Donegal keepers have played championship since 1956?". Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Callaghan was worthy understudy". 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. At the opening of the new pitch facilities in Urris in '91, Paul played in goal for an Inishowen select against Donegal. His performance caught the eye of Brian McEniff who was on the look-out at the time for a No. 2 to Gary Walsh… Danny Gallagher of Dungloe and Michael Kelly from Four Masters had been previously squad members. Now McEniff was offering the chance to an Inishowen man.
  3. ^ Foley, Alan (8 January 2009). "The heroes of '92 — Where are they now?". Donegal Democrat. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2012.