Columba McDyer

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Columba McDyer
Personal information
Irish name Colm Mac Duibhir
Sport Gaelic football
Position Centre Half-Forward
Born Kilraine, County Donegal, Ireland
Occupation Teacher of Construction Studies
Years Club
? - ? Glenties
Years County
1942 - 1947 Cavan, Donegal
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 0

Columba McDyer (13 January 1921 - 18 September 2001)[1] was a former Gaelic football player for Cavan and Donegal.

Playing career[edit]

McDyer, a Glenties man, played as a centre half-forward, bringing an element of tactics to the forward line. He played with the great Cavan team that won the legendary 1947 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final at the Polo Grounds in New York City. This resulted in him becoming the first Donegal man to win an All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medal.

Following his success with Cavan, McDyer returned to Donegal and his native Glenties where he coached the Donegal senior team for a number of years. He also collected a Railway Cup medal with Ulster in 1942 and he also played in the same competition with Connacht.[2][3]

Managerial career[edit]

McDyer managed Donegal. He was also an early influence on Jim McGuinness, Donegal's future All-Ireland winning manager. McGuinness described him as "an absolute gentleman to the fingertips, very well-educated [...] a very gentle, bubbly person".[4]


  1. ^ rootsweb
  2. ^ "Celebrating 125 years of Footballing Excellence in Ulster: 125 - Donegal Player List". 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Legendary Glenties Footballer". 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2010-05-22. [dead link]
  4. ^ Lawlor, Damian (16 September 2012). "Managing to move forward: Jim McGuinness has restored the belief to Donegal and his job is not finished yet". Sunday Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 16 September 2012. A Glenties man whose work as a schoolteacher had taken him around the country, McDyer was an All-Ireland winner with Cavan in the Polo Grounds in 1947 before coming back to live on home soil and later manage the Donegal team.