Killian Brennan

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Killian Brennan
Brennan in action against PSG at Parc des Princes
Personal information
Full name Killian Brennan
Date of birth (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Drogheda, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
St Patrick's Athletic
Number 11
Youth career
2000–2002 Home Farm
2002–2003 Peterborough United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Dublin City 16 (1)
2004–2007 Derry City 85 (8)
2008–2011 Bohemians 122 (29)
2012 Shamrock Rovers 24 (2)
2013– St Patrick's Athletic 78 (13)
National team
2000 Republic of Ireland U16 1 (0)
2002 Republic of Ireland U17 2 (0)
2004 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (0)
2010 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Killian Brennan (born 31 January 1984 in Drogheda) is an Irish football player currently playing for Airtricity League club St Patrick's Athletic.


Early career[edit]

Noted for his wing play and ability to fire in accurate crosses, Brennan was signed by Peterborough United in his teenage years. In 2004, he was capped several times for the Republic of Ireland under-19s, before moving back to play in the League of Ireland.

He was signed by John Gill for Dublin City, however, less than a year later, newly appointed boss Roddy Collins' 'purge' of the club meant that Brennan was deemed surplus to requirements. Immediately snapped up by Stephen Kenny for Derry City for the 2004 season, the player was a revelation and made the left wing spot at The Brandywell his own after having made his debut in a home game against St. Patrick's Athletic on 23 September 2004. He has also been deployed to fill in at left full-back on occasion. In the 2006 season he played in their UEFA Cup run in wins over IFK Göteborg and Gretna FC and helped Derry to the FAI Cup and League of Ireland Cup.

It is this abundant talent that attracted the attention of his hometown club, Drogheda United who declared their interest in Brennan following the end of the 2006 season. However, it was Bohs who captured his signature, signing the winger on a free transfer.


Brennan scored his debut goals for his new club in United Park versus his hometown club, netting a freekick and a penalty in a 2–1 win for Bohs. He continued his good form netting 5 times in May 2008 and this did not go unnoticed as he was awarded Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland player of the month for May. Killian's goals helped Bohs blow away the competition as they marched to the 2008 League of Ireland title and his form was rewarded when he was voted on to the League of Ireland Premier Division Team for 2008, receiving a staggering 86% of the votes for the left midfield position.[1]

He scored against Rhyl F.C. in the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup.[2]

Brennan helped Bohs to the 2009 League of Ireland Cup against Waterford United by scoring a freekick and a penalty as Bohs went on to win the match 3–1.[3] He then scored again on 20 October as Bohs beat St. Patricks Athletic to put them top of the table and that's where they finished as Bohemians won their first ever back-to-back league wins.[4]

Despite winning the Setanta Sports Cup,[5] Bohemians had a disappointing 2010 season where the club lost their league title on goal difference and failed to make an impact in Europe where they made an embarrassing exit to Welsh side The New Saints. Killian did however net the winner in the first leg of that European tie.[6] Due to financial difficulties Brennan was released when his contract expired at the end of the 2010 season. However he was then resigned to play for Bohs for the 2011 season.

On 27 July 2011, Brennan was a part of the starting XI for Coventry City's pre-season game against local non-league side Leamington. It is understood Brennan was on a trial basis at the club.

On 14 January 2012 Brennan signed for League of Ireland Champions Shamrock Rovers.[7] After a poor season by Rovers which saw them finish with no silver wear and outside of the European spots, Brennan decided to move on after just one season.

St Patrick's Athletic[edit]

On 19 November, Brennan signed for St Patrick's Athletic. The signing was announced by the clubs Head of Player Recruitment, Dave Campbell on the club's own radio show, The All Saints Show, on West Dublin Access Radio. His signing was officially announced on the club's website the next day.[8] Brennan started off life at his new club brilliantly, getting the Man of the Match award in a 0–0 draw at home to Glentoran live on Setanta Sports. His performances away to Glentoran and at home to Drogheda United in the league opener stood out from the rest with his excellent ability to begin attacks. Brennan's first goal for the Saints came when he scored the winner from a penalty away to Limerick at Thomond Park on 30 March 2013. Brennan's second goal for the club came on 19 April 2913 when Pats faced Sligo Rovers at Richmond Park live on RTÉ, he chipped a cheeky penalty down the centre in the 89th minute as Pats won 2–0 and Brennan was awarded the Man of the Match award. On his return to his hometown, he scored a 92nd-minute winner from the penalty spot in a 2–1 win over Drogheda United on 6 May 2013. Brennan came back to haunt his old club Bohemians, when he blasted a penalty into the top corner to seal a 2–0 win for Pats putting them top of the league on 24 May 2013 at Dalymount Park.


Killian has three brothers all who play in the Airtricty League, Sean for Drogheda United and Gavin & Ryan for Shamrock Rovers.



Derry City
Shamrock Rovers
St Patrick's Athletic



  1. ^ "Team of the Season". EIR. 6 January 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Bohemians run riot against Rhyl". BBC Sport. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bohs win EA Sports League Cup
  4. ^ "Bohemians make their 11th title official". Irish Times. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Bohemians win Setanta Cup
  6. ^ Brennan hits winner against TNS
  7. ^ "Kenny makes further signings". Shamrock Rovers FC. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Saints Announce New Signings". St. Patrick's Athletic Football Club. Newtonheath Company Limited. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 

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