Niall Donohue

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Niall Donohue
Personal information
Irish name Niall Ó Donnchú
Sport Hurling
Position Left Half Back (No7)
Born (1990-10-25)25 October 1990
Kilbeacanty, County Galway, Ireland
Died 23 October 2013(2013-10-23) (aged 22)
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Years Club
2007-2013 Kilbeacanty
Club titles
Galway titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
2012-2013 Galway 7 (0-1)
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1
All-Irelands 1 (U21)
All Stars 0

Niall Donoghue (25 October 1990 − 23 October 2013[1][2]) was an Irish hurler who played at senior level for the Galway senior team.[3]

Born in Kilbeacanty, County Galway, Donoghue first played competitive hurling whilst at school in Gort Community School. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Galway minor team, before later joining the under-21 side. He made his senior debut in the 2012 National Hurling League. Donoghue went on to play a key part for Galway over the following two seasons, and won one Leinster medal. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion. He was also nominated for an All Star this year.Throughout his career Donoghue made 8 championship appearances.

As a member of the Connacht inter-provincial team for two successive years, Donoghue unsuccessfully contested two Railway Cup finals. At club level he played with Kilbeacanty.

Donoghue was found in his home on 23 October 2013, 3 days before his 23rd birthday.[1][2] His death brought the topic of suicide into public consciousness.[4] His funeral was attended by a large number of mourners from the GAA community across the country, including Donohoe's Galway teammates. A number of other figures in the GAA such as Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and association president Liam O'Neill called to the Donohoe family home to pay their respects.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Ó Caollaí, Éanna (24 October 2013). "Galway hurler Niall Donohue dies suddenly aged 22". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Galway hurling star Niall Donohue (22) dies suddenly". Irish Independent. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Player profiles: Niall Donoghue". Galway Hurling Supporters Club website. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Niall Donoghue's cousin urges young people to reach out if they need to talk about problems". Mirror. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Siggins, Lorna (28 October 2013). "Smiles among the tears as hurler Niall Donohue is laid to rest: Community asked to look out for signs of difficulty in others". The Irish Times. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Crawford, Caroline (27 October 2013). "Farewell Niall Donohue: A thousand descend on Galway for hurler's funeral". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 October 2013.