Ciarán McDonald

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Ciarán McDonald
Personal information
Irish name Ciarán Mac Dómhnaill
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Centre Forward
Born (1975-01-11) 11 January 1975 (age 42)
Castlebar, Ireland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nickname Mc D
Occupation Builder
Years Club
1989-present Crossmolina Deel Rovers
Club titles
Mayo titles 6
Connacht titles 3
All-Ireland Titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
1994-2007 Mayo 395 (13-96)
Inter-county titles
Connacht titles 4
All Stars 1

Ciarán McDonald is a Gaelic footballer who formerly played at senior inter-county level for Mayo, and still plays his club football for Crossmolina Deel Rovers.[1]

Playing career[edit]

McDonald has been among the most consistent forwards in Gaelic football for the last ten years.[when?] He is known for his playmaking role and his exemplary passing. He is considered one of the best exponents of the difficult skill of kicking the ball with the outside of the boot.


McDonald won the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship title with Crossmolina Deel Rovers with a 0-16 to 1-12 win over Cork's Nemo Rangers in 2001. He remains a panel member for his home team Crossmolina Deel Rovers.


McDonald never lifted the All-Ireland title with Mayo, losing to Kerry in finals of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on three occasions—1997, 2004 and 2006.

McDonald made his inter-county début in the Under-16 Ted Webb Cup in 1990 at the age of 15. His first Championship for the Mayo senior team was 1994. He came on and scored as a substitute in the final of the Connacht Senior Football Championship. However, that game ended Mayo's involvement that year in what was an historic season for Leitrim.

Deciding to spend the summer abroad, McDonald missed the eventful 1996 season, when Mayo lost the 1996 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final against Meath in a replay. He returned in 1997 when Mayo again lost in Final, though McDonald scored a second-half penalty in the game. In 1998 Mayo were knocked out by arch-rivals Galway early in the Championship, though McDonald scored two goals in that game and famously hit the crossbar very late in the game when looking for a third goal which would have turned the game in Mayo's favour. Galway went on to win the Championship that year.

McDonald is held in high regard in County Mayo and seen as one of the best forwards Mayo has ever produced.


  1. ^ James Laffey (March 22, 2006). "Ciaran's working world". Western People. Retrieved 2010-07-16.