Michael Boyle (footballer)

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Michael Boyle
Personal information
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Goalkeeper
Born 1986/1987
Letterkenny, Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Occupation Sportsperson
Years Club
Years College
College titles
Sigerson titles 2
Years County
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 0

Michael Boyle (born 1986/87) is an Irish sportsperson. He plays Gaelic football with his local club Termon and is a member of the Donegal senior inter-county team. Educated at Saint Eunan's College in Letterkenny,[1] he has been his county's number one goalkeeper in the past, though Paul Durcan has had something to say about that.[2] Boyle has also played soccer for Finn Harps in the League of Ireland.[3]

Playing career[edit]


Boyle studied Sports Science and Health at Dublin City University (DCU).[4] Boyle won the Sigerson Cup twice in 2010 and 2012 with the DCU GAA team. He was goalkeeper on both occasions, on the team that beat UCC in the 2010 final and the team that beat Maynooth in the 2012 final.[5][6] The Higher Education GAA later barred him for playing for his college due to a new rule it introduced, prompting the team manager to consider a boycott.[7][8][9]


Despite being a goalkeeper, Boyle was Termon's top scorer with four points in an away fixture against Aodh Ruadh at Fr. Tierney Park in 2012. Termon defeated Aodh Ruadh by a total of five points, a score of 0–13 to 0–8. Boyle's performance led to media comparisons with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton, who would regularly do likewise for his team, including scoring the winning point in the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.[10][11]


Boyle has had spells in the first team in 2005 and 2009.[12] Rivalling Paul Durcan for a place in the Donegal team, Boyle appeared at half-time in a 2009 All-Ireland qualifier after Durcan fouled Clare player Gary Brennan and conceded a penalty.[13] Boyle retained his starting place for the games against Galway at Markievicz Park and Cork at Croke Park.[14][15]

Boyle was named on the bench for the 2012 Ulster Senior Football Championship final against Down although he later claimed to have picked up 43 points playing golf at Slieve Russell in Cavan.[16][17] He was also on the bench for the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final against Mayo.

A noted penalty saver,[18] he was named on the "Future Champions 2012" football team.[19]

Ahead of Donegal's 2015 Ulster semi-final, Boyle left the panel to travel to Boston for the summer.[20]


Boyle assisted Mervyn O'Donnell during Gaoth Dobhair's successful 2018 Donegal Senior Football Championship and Ulster Senior Club Football Championship campaign.[21][22]



  1. ^ "Twitter feed". Saint Eunan's College. EunansFootball Best of luck 2our past pupils who r in Donegal panel v Cork in All Ire Semi-final on Sun @neilgerardgalla @murphm95 @AntoinMcFadden @Tommyk_91 @BrickMolloy @123kav @kevin_raff @gmacfadden14 @mdboyler24 +Mr McFadden #TheCollege
  2. ^ "McGuinness adds four to his panel". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Boyle and Roddy rejoin Finn Harps". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009. On the home front Donegal GAA goalkeeper Michael Boyle has rejoined Finn Harps. The net minder had been with the club in 2005 but has been concentrating on his Gaelic career in recent years.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Men's Senior Football – Player Profiles". DCU GAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-17.
  5. ^ "DCU claim Sigerson Cup". Breaking News.ie. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
  6. ^ "DCU take Sigerson Cup". Breaking News.ie. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012.
  7. ^ Brolly, Joe (16 December 2012). "This is a vicious piece of work". Gaelic Life. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Moyna: We were going to withdraw over ruling". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  9. ^ "DCU's Walsh and Boyle ruled ineligible". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Boyle does a Cluxton for Termon in Ballyshannon". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Donegal 'keeper displays his scoring ability". Hogan Stand. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  12. ^ McNulty, Chris (1 March 2013). "'Papa' set for 100th appearance". Donegal News. Retrieved 1 March 2013. Boyle had spells in the team in 2005 and again in 2009 but Durcan is now firmly number 1.
  13. ^ "Donegal 0-13 Clare 1-07". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009. a foul by Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan on the advancing Gary Brennan, who was following up on a ball in from Tubridy, resulted in a penalty award. Durcan paid the price for his error of judgement when he was replaced by Michael Boyle at half-time.
  14. ^ "Donegal 0-14 Galway 0-13". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 25 July 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
  15. ^ "Cork 1-27 Donegal 2-10". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  16. ^ "It's all change for McIver and Co". Hogan Stand. 29 April 2006. Retrieved 29 April 2006. Goalkeeper Michael Boyle is axed with Paul Durcan taking his place...
  17. ^ "McLoone in for Donegal for Ulster final". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  18. ^ McNulty, Chris (16 February 2012). "Sigerson joy for Donegal lads". Donegal News. Retrieved 16 February 2012. The Termon goalkeeper made a superb diving save to beat away Alan Freeman's well-hit penalty.
  19. ^ "Boyle on team of the year". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  20. ^ Keys, Colm (11 August 2015). "Durcan's Donegal future in doubt as he plans move abroad". Irish Independent. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  21. ^ Bogue, Declan (17 November 2018). "Missing the medal: Best decision I ever made, says Kevin Cassidy". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 21 November 2018. O'Donnell has been assisted by Michael Boyle who spent years as Paul Durcan's understudy in the Donegal panel and is already showing immense promise as a coach.
  22. ^ Bannon, Orla (4 December 2018). "Kevin Cassidy: If I'd carried on with Donegal, I'd be in stands now". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Michael Boyle came in and he's done fantastic for me personally and the training methods have given me a real lift.

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