Dessie Dolan

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Dessie Dolan
Personal information
Irish name Deasún Ó Dúláin
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Left Corner Forward
Born (1979-07-11) 11 July 1979 (age 37)
Athlone, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Occupation Teacher
Years Club
1997- Garrycastle
Club titles
Westmeath titles 7
Leinster titles 1
Years College
NUI Galway
College titles
Sigerson titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
1999-2014 Westmeath ? (22-551)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
All Stars 1
**Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 18 November 2014.

Dessie Dolan (born 11 July 1979) is an Irish sportsperson. He has played Gaelic football for Westmeath and Garrycastle, as well as international rules football for Ireland. He won a Leinster Senior Football Championship medal with Westmeath in 2004 and was given an All Star at the end of the year.

Playing career[edit]


Dolan is widely regarded as Westmeath's leading talisman throughout their ascension from GAA minnows to quality opposition. Despite the growth and promise demonstrated in their 1999 U21 All Ireland victory. Westmeath have experienced their most successful GAA period of their history in the last seven years (2001–2008).

Largely due to virtually unmatchable talent in attack, Westmeath forced their way into GAA pundits' heads as upsetters and sometimes favourites. Two Division 2 league titles spearheaded by Dolan's attacking prowess and eventually, in 2004, Championship success in winning a Leinster Senior Football Championship title finally showed the squad's promise.

Westmeath reached three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-finals since the revamped championship system of 2001, with Dolan starring each season (2001, 2004, 2006).

In 2013, he expressed concern about the gulf in class that had opened up between the Dublins and Westmeaths.[1]

In summer 2014,Dolan announced his retirement from Inter-County football following the subsequent exit to Cavan.[2][3]


At club level Dolan has won numerous underage titles and back-to-back senior titles in 2005 and 2006 with club, Garrycastle.

International rules[edit]

Dolan was regularly selected for the Ireland international rules football team until the series was suspended in 2006.

Other interests[edit]

Dolan has participated in a marketing campaign for Ireland West Airport Knock.[4] Dolan currently works as a pundit on The Sunday Game.




  1. ^ Boyle, Donnchadh (28 May 2013). "Dolan: Financial clout of big guns creating divide". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dessie Dolan Calls Time On Intercounty Career". Irish Independent. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dolan Calls Time On County Career". RTÉ Sport. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Donegal GAA stars join forces as Ambassadors for Ireland West Airport Knock". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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