Ciarán Whelan

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Ciarán Whelan
Personal information
Irish name Ciarán Ó Faoláin
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield
Born (1976-08-28) August 28, 1976 (age 38)
Raheny, County Dublin, Ireland
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Club(s)
Years Club
? - present Raheny
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
1996-2009 Dublin 53
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 6
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 2
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 11:28, 2 September 2008 (UTC).

Ciarán Whelan (born 28 August 1976 in Raheny, County Dublin) is a former inter-county Gaelic footballer for Dublin, although he remains a club footballer with Raheny.[1][2] He is right-footed but can kick with both feet and usually plays in midfield. He was a member of the Dublin squad between 1996 and 2009. He was described as the best of the then Dublin team not to have won an All-Ireland, and possibly one of the best high-fielders in the country.[3]

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship[edit]

He collected six Leinster Senior Football Championship medals coming in 2002,2005 and 2006 and 2007, 2008 and 2009. He finished the 2005 Leinster and All-Ireland Championships with a total of three points compared to the one goal and ten points he scored in the league. He captained the Dublin side in 2003 and 2004.[4] He also won an All Star in 1999 and has been nominated many times, his last nomination coming in 2005 the same year in which he captained Leinster in the Railway Cup. He has started the 2006 Championship well, with a solid performance against Longford and then a far better performance against Laois, a game in which he dominated midfield. He played a 'man of the match' performance against Offaly in the Leinster final and set up Jason Sherlock for the winning goal. Unfortunately, Whelan suffered an eye injury against Westmeath which forced him off and also affected him in the defeat to Mayo. Whelan showed his reckless side with a poor tackle on Mayo's Ronan McGarrity which forced McGarrity off. He was nominated for an all-star for his 2006 performances in Midfield with Dublin. Whelan was awarded his second all-star in October 2007 at the Vodafone all-stars awards ceremony. Ciaran's best point from play in Croke Park was against Kildare in the Leinster Final of 2000. With Dublin leading by 4 points in the first half, Whelan made a surging run of 30 metres and ploughed a beautiful point off his left (weaker) side from 45 metres in to the Hill 16 end. Dublin would ultimately self-destruct in the second half of that final. Another marvellous point came a year later in Thurles against Kerry in the first quarter final game. In the second half Dublin were down by 2 points and Whelan made a trademark surge down the touchline and made a brilliant point from 30 metre range right on the side line. This point was scored in the Killinan end of the ground with Dublin supporters situated here.[5] He announced his retirement from inter-county football on 1 September 2009.

Lately, Whelan has become a Gaelic football pundit for RTÉ's The Sunday Game.

Championship appearances[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 30 July 1996 Croke Park, Dublin Meath 0-2 0-8 : 0-10 Leinster Championship final
2 27 May 2001 Croke Park, Dublin Longford 0-5 2-19 : 1-13 Leinster Championship Quarter final
3 17 June 2001 Croke Park, Dublin Offaly - 1-12 : 0-13 Leinster Championship Semi final
4 15 July 2001 Croke Park, Dublin Meath 0-3 0-14 : 2-11 Leinster Championship final
5 22 July 2001 Croke Park, Dublin Sligo 1-2 3-17 : 0-12 Qualifiers Round 4
6 4 August 2001 Semple Stadium, Thurles Kerry 0-1 2-11 : 1-14 All-Ireland Quarter final
7 11 August 2001 Semple Stadium, Thurles Kerry 0-1 1-12 : 2-12 All-Ireland Quarter final replay
8 1 June 2002 Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow Wexford 0-2 0-15 : 1-10 Leinster Championship Quarter final
9 23 June 2002 Croke Park, Dublin Meath - 2-11 : 0-10 Leinster Championship Semi final
10 14 July 2002 Croke Park, Dublin Kildare 0-1 2-13 : 2-11 Leinster Championship Final
11 5 August 2002 Croke Park, Dublin Donegal 0-1 2-8 : 0-14 All-Ireland Quarter final
12 17 August 2002 Croke Park, Dublin Donegal 0-4 1-14 : 0-7 All-Ireland Quarter final replay
13 1 September 2002 Croke Park, Dublin Armagh 1-1 1-13 : 1-14 All-Ireland Semi final
14 1 June 2003 Croke Park, Dublin Louth 0-3 1-19 : 0-9 Leinster Championship Quarter final
15 15 June 2003 Croke Park, Dublin Laois - 0-14 : 0-16 Leinster Championship Semi final
16 28 June 2003 St. Tiernach's Park, Clones Derry 0-1 3-9 : 1-9 Qualifiers Round 2
17 5 July 2003 Croke Park, Dublin Armagh - 0-11 : 0-15 Qualifiers Round 3
18 6 June 2004 Croke Park, Dublin Westmeath - 0-12 : 0-14 Leinster Championship Quarter final
19 12 June 2004 Parnell Park, Dublin London - 3-24 : 0-6 Qualifiers Round 1
20 3 July 2004 Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim Leitrim - 1-13 : 0-4 Qualifiers Round 2
21 10 July 2004 O'Moore Park, Portlaoise Longford 0-3 1-17 : 0-11 Qualifiers Round 3
22 1 August 2004 Croke Park, Dublin Roscommon 0-2 1-14 : 0-13 Qualifiers Round 4
23 14 August 2004 Croke Park, Dublin Kerry - 1-8 : 1-15 All-Ireland Quarter final
24 15 May 2005 Croke Park, Dublin Longford 0-1 2-23 : 0-10 Leinster Championship Preliminary Quarter final
25 5 June 2005 Croke Park, Dublin Meath - 1-12 : 1-10 Leinster Championship Quarter final
26 19 June 2005 Croke Park, Dublin Wexford 0-1 1-17 : 2-10 Leinster Championship Semi final
27 17 July 2005 Croke Park, Dublin Laois 0-1 0-14 : 0-13 Leinster Championship Final
28 13 August 2005 Croke Park, Dublin Tyrone - 1-14 : 1-14 All-Ireland Quarter final
29 27 August 2005 Croke Park, Dublin Tyrone - 1-14 : 2-18 All-Ireland Quarter final replay
30 4 June 2006 Pearse Park, Longford Longford - 1-12 : 0-13 Leinster Championship Quarter final
31 25 June 2006 Croke Park, Dublin Laois - 3-17 : 0-12 Leinster Championship Semi final
32 16 July 2006 Croke Park, Dublin Offaly - 1-15 : 0-9 Leinster Championship Final
33 13 August 2006 Croke Park, Dublin Westmeath - 1-12 : 0-5 All-Ireland Quarter final
34 27 August 2006 Croke Park, Dublin Mayo - 2-12 : 1-16 All-Ireland Semi final
35 3 June 2007 Croke Park, Dublin Meath 0-1 1-11 : 0-14 Leinster Championship Quarter final
36 17 June 2007 Croke Park, Dublin Meath 0-1 0-16 : 0-12 Leinster Championship Quarter final replay
37 24 June 2007 Croke Park, Dublin Offaly 0-1 1-12 : 0-10 Leinster Championship Semi final
38 15 July 2007 Croke Park, Dublin Laois 0-2 3-14 : 1-14 Leinster Championship Final
39 11 August 2007 Croke Park, Dublin Derry - 0-18 : 0-15 All-Ireland Quarter final
40 26 August 2007 Croke Park, Dublin Kerry - 0-16 : 1-15 All-Ireland Semi final
41 29 June 2008 Croke Park, Dublin Westmeath 0-1 0-13 : 1-8 Leinster Championship Semi final
42 20 July 2008 Croke Park, Dublin Wexford - 3-23 : 0-9 Leinster Championship Final
43 16 August 2008 Croke Park, Dublin Tyrone - 1-8 : 3-14 All-Ireland Quarter final
44 7 June 2009 Croke Park, Dublin Meath - 0-14 : 0-12 Leinster Championship Quarter final
45 28 June 2009 Croke Park, Dublin Westmeath 0-1 4-26 : 0-11 Leinster Championship Semi final
46 12 July 2009 Croke Park, Dublin Kildare 0-1 2-15 : 0-18 Leinster Championship Final
47 3 August 2009 Croke Park, Dublin Kerry - 1-7 : 1-24 All-Ireland Quarter final

National Football League[edit]

Whelan received a suspension of eight weeks in the controversial 2006 National League clash between Dublin and Tyrone. A game which resulted in disciplinary action against 9 players involved in the game. Whelan, Bryan Cullen, Kevin Bonner and Alan Brogan were all exonerated from all charges along with the Tyrone trio of Kevin Hughes, Michael McGee and Owen Mulligan. The official reason given for the exhoneration was stated as 'a technicality'.

He finished the 2006 National Football League with a single point.

Railway Cup[edit]

Whelan was captain on the winning side for Leinster against Ulster in the 2005 Railway Cup which was played in Parnell Park. Leinster claimed the Martin Donnelly Cup for the 28th time.

Club football[edit]

Whelan plays his club football for Raheny, a Dublin AFL Division 1 side on the northside of County Dublin. Whelan played in the side that won the 2007 Division 2 playoff to win participation in Division 1 for the 2008 season.[6]

International rules football[edit]

Whelan helped Ireland defeat Australia in the 1999 International Rules Series by scoring a Goal and an Over. He also played in the 2001 International Rules Series.

Trivia[edit]

Whelan is currently wearing Puma AG football shoes. He starred alongside Kerry midfielder Darragh Ó Sé and English soccer player Gary Lineker in Walkers Crisp adverts.

He featured in a memorable commentary Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh commentating on an Inter-county match between Dublin and Sligo:

"I saw a few Sligo people at Mass in Gardiner Street this morning and the omens seem to be good for them, the priest was wearing the same colours as the Sligo jersey! 40 yards out on the Hogan Stand side of the field Ciarán Whelan goes on a rampage, it's a goal. So much for religion."

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Coman Goggins
Dublin Senior Football Captain
2003-2004
Succeeded by
Paddy Christie