Eamon McGee

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Eamon McGee
Eamon Mc Gee Donegal GAA.png
Personal information
Irish name Éamonn Mac Aoidh
Sport Gaelic football
Position Right Corner Back
Born (1984-04-26) 26 April 1984 (age 33)
Letterkenny, Ireland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Occupation Physical Therapist
Years Club
2001-present Ghaoth Dobhair
Club titles
Donegal titles 2
Years County Apps (scores)
2004-2016 Donegal 154[1] (GLS?-PTS?)
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 0

Eamon McGee (born 26 April 1984)[2] is an Irish Gaelic footballer from Gweedore, County Donegal. He plies his trade with the Ghaoth Dobhair club and played inter-county for Donegal between the years 2004 to 2016.

He has one All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (2012), three Ulster Senior Football Championships (2011, 2012 and 2014) and one National Football League (2007) to his name.

Playing career[edit]


In 2006, his club were back in the final of the Donegal Senior Football Championship. He played as his team won their 14th County Championship in one of the worst Donegal county finals ever.[3]


McGee was first called up to the senior team by Brian McEniff for winter training in 2003.[4] His early years in a Donegal shirt were marked by lapses of discipline—at one point Shane Carr left the panel when McGee moved ahead of him on the substitutes bench despite his lack of dedication.[5]

In 2006, he and Kevin Cassidy were suspended from the Donegal football panel over a breach of discipline.[6][7] McGee later returned and played in the 2006 Ulster Senior Football Championship Final at Croke Park, scoring one point.[8]

McGee was a member of the Donegal team that won the National Football League in 2007, playing from the start to the end in the final against Mayo.[9]

He spent some time in London before returning to Donegal in 2010.[10][11]

He and his brother played in the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final against Mayo.[12]

He thinks a lot about how he nearly missed this experience through lack of interest.[13] He owes Jim McGuinness so, so much.[14]

He's no fan of training.[15]

He departed the inter-county scene in 2016.[16]


McGee has represented Ulster in the Inter-Provincial Series.[17]

Personal life[edit]

McGee has a profound fear of flying, a condition which has affected his ability to cope with flights to games in far-flung corners of the earth. Nevertheless, he deals with his disability in a humorous manner. Such witty responses include describing it as "kinda like Dennis Bergkamp" (the former Dutch soccer player who also suffered from this condition during his sporting career) and suggesting before one flight to Cork, "I think I might just get big Neil to knock me out before we leave!".[18]

In his spare time McGee supports marriage equality.[19]


  • Player of the Week (February 2013)[20]


  1. ^ "Eamon McGee follows Colm McFadden into Donegal retirement". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Duggan, Keith (22 September 2012). "McGee on the road not taken". Irish Times. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gweedore cash in as smash and grab raid sinks Eunan's". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 16 October 2006. Archived from the original on 7 January 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2006. 
  4. ^ Keys, Colm (5 November 2003). "Royals' seal of approval puts pressure on Boylan". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 5 November 2003. 
  5. ^ Crowe, Dermot (25 February 2007). "Former wild child wants football's natural high". Sunday Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 25 February 2007. 
  6. ^ "Donegal pair dropped from panel". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 20 April 2006. 
  7. ^ "McGee makes Donegal squad return". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 May 2006. Retrieved 10 May 2006. 
  8. ^ "Donegal 0-09 1-09 Armagh". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2006. 
  9. ^ "Donegal achieve historic win - First national league title comes to county after victory over Mayo". Donegal Times. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  10. ^ "McGee eyes London lineout". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Monaghan and McGee boost Donegal". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 21 April 2010. 
  12. ^ "Live updates from the All-Ireland finals at Croke Park". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Harrington, John (27 January 2013). "Prodigal son Eamon McGee hopes Donegal become great". The Sun. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 
  14. ^ McNulty, Chris (6 October 2014). "Eamon McGee: 'I owe Jim McGuinness so, so much'". Donegal News. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "McGee would prefer to give training a miss!". Hogan Stand. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Kiely, Ben (8 August 2016). "Eamon McGee's retirement announcement right up there with the greatest in GAA history". Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Murphy to spearhead Ulster challenge". Hogan Stand. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  18. ^ McNulty, Chris (15 March 2013). "McGee flying high with Donegal". Donegal News. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  19. ^ Fogarty, John (6 March 2015). "Donegal's Éamon McGee shrugs off criticism over marriage equality vote stance". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  20. ^ O'Neill, Michael (13 February 2013). "GAA Team of the Week: Player of the Week is Eamon McGee". Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

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