Seamus Bonner

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Seamus Bonner
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield / Full Forward
Occupation Garda
Years Club
? - ? Drumbar
Four Masters
Civil Service
Club titles
Dublin titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
1972 - 1985 Donegal 129
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3

Seamus Bonner (6 November 1948 - 11 October 2012) was an Irish sportsperson who played Gaelic football for Donegal, 129 games in total between 1972 and 1985.[1] He made his Championship debut against Down at Ballybofey in 1972 and played his last Championship game against Monaghan in 1985.[2]

Initially in midfield, he later played at full forward.[1] During his playing career he won three Ulster Senior Football Championships. He later won two more as a selector under the reign of Brian McEniff, and was there in 1992 when Donegal won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.[1] He later managed Leitrim for a short while.[1][3] In 1974 he scored seven goals in four games, including one against Galway in that year's All-Ireland semi-final.[4]

He played his club football for Drumbar, then Four Masters, then Civil Service, captaining the last team to the 1980 Dublin Senior Football Championship.[1]

Originally from Donegal town, he died after a short illness in 2012. A retired Garda, he was the father of St. Brigid's and Dublin footballer Kevin Bonner.[1]




  1. ^ a b c d e f "Donegal legend Bonner passes away". Hogan Stand. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Donegal's backroom team in 1992". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Breheny, Martin (24 November 2012). "The import and export business". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Regretted death of a Donegal GAA legend - Seamus Bonner". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 11 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012. 

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