Humphrey Kelleher

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Humphrey Kelleher
Personal information
Irish name Amhlaoibh O Céileachair
Sport Gaelic football
Position Full-back
Born 1946
Millstreet, Cork, Ireland
Died 2005 (aged 58–59)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Club(s)
Years Club
1960s–1980s Millstreet
Club titles
Cork titles 0
Inter-county(ies)
Years County Apps (scores)
1971–1975 Cork 14 (0–00)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
NFL 0
All Stars 0

Humphrey Kelleher (1946–2005) was an Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Millstreet and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1971 until 1975.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Kelleher played his club football with his local club in Millstreet.

Inter-county[edit]

By the late 1960s Kelleher had joined the Cork senior team, however, the team was forced to play second fiddle to Kerry. In 1971 Cork were back. A 0–25 to 0–14 trouncing of back-to-back All-Ireland champions Kerry gave Kelleher a Munster winners' medal.[1] Cork, however, were later defeated by eventual champions Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Two years later Kelleher secured his second Munster winners' medal. The 5–12 to 1–15 defeat of Kerry showed the traditional football powers that Cork were coming.[original research?] The subsequent All-Ireland final pitted Cork against Galway. Jimmy Barry-Murphy scored the first of his two goals after two minutes before scored a third for Cork after switching to left wing-forward. At full-time Cork were the champions by 3–17 to 2–13. This victory gave Kelleher an All-Ireland winners' medal.[2]

Cork continued their provincial dominance in 1974.[citation needed] A 1–11 to 0–7 defeat of Kerry gave Kelleher a third Munster winners' medal. This victory resulted in Cork being installed as the favourites to retain their All-Ireland title.[citation needed] Kelleher's side were defeated by eventual champions Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Inter-provincial[edit]

Kelleher also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial football competition. He first played with his province in 1974. In 1975 Kelleher was a member of the team again and he captured a Railway Cup winners' medal following a victory over Ulster. Kelleher was a non-playing substitute when Munster retained the title in 1976.[3]

Death[edit]

Humphrey Kelleher died on September 21, 2005, after a short illness.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senior Football - Munster Final Winning Teams (1887-2007)". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Cork Hurling Profile". www.hoganstand.com. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ "Munster Railway Cup Football Teams". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Cork GAA laments Kelleher passing". www.hoganstand.com. 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2009-03-25.