Martin McElhinney

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Martin McElhinney
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield
Born (1988-08-10) August 10, 1988 (age 30)
County Donegal
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Occupation Student
Years Club
? - present
Naomh Mícheál
Years County
? - present
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1

Martin McElhinney (born 10 August 1988) is an Irish Gaelic footballer attached to the Naomh Mícheál club. He plays inter-county for Donegal.

Among other accolades, he has one All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (2012) and three Ulster Senior Football Championships (2011, 2012 and 2014) to his name.

Playing career[edit]


McElhinney's club reached the final of the 2011 Donegal Senior Football Championship— their first ever senior final—but lost, though McElhinney scored during the game.[1][2]


McElhinney played for DCU.[3]


McElhinney scored two goals for Donegal at Croke Park in the 2006 Ulster Minor Football Championship Final, which Donegal won.[4]

In the 2012 Ulster final against Down, McElhinney's appearance as a second-half substitute was credited with being vital to the victory.[5]

He started Donegal's next game, a comprehensive All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final defeat of Kerry at Croke Park.[6][7]

He came on as a second-half substitute for Patrick McBrearty in the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final, won by Donegal.[8] He was treated like a VIP when himself and Maxi Curran brought the Sam Maguire Cup to Mulroy College in Milford.[9]



  1. ^ "Murphy is the star as Glenswilly triumph". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Murphy magic proves key as Glenswilly secure first Donegal crown". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  3. ^ Keane, Paul (28 March 2016). "Donegal turn blind eye to James McCarthy incident". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 28 March 2016. It was McCarthy's tangle with Donegal substitute Martin McElhinney, ironically an ex-team-mate at DCU, that was particularly controversial as the Dublin defender's left hand made contact with McElhinney's eye area.
  4. ^ "Second-half surge sees Donegal end long title wait". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2006.
  5. ^ Campbell, John (3 August 2012). "With McLoone on board McGuinness has all angles covered". The Belfast Telegraph. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 3 August 2012. McLoone’s actual role in the side to face Kerry on Sunday is still uncertain given that McGuinness is continuing to study the fitness of midfielder Neil Gallagher while also assessing the credentials of Martin McElhinney. It was McElhinney who turned the tide in Donegal’s favour against Down when he went in as a second-half substitute to impose himself forcibly at midfield, winning invaluable possession that was translated into scores.
  6. ^ "Donegal supporters on the edge of their seats". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012. Kerry's Paul Galvin is forced off the ball by Martin McElhinney, Frank McGlynn and Anthony Thompson.
  7. ^ "Donegal 1-12 Kerry 1-10". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 5 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Live updates from the All-Ireland finals at Croke Park". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  9. ^ "The day Sam got the 'Max' from Mulroy College". Donegal Daily. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.

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