|Irish name||Niall Ó Donnchú|
|Position||Left Half Back (No7)|
25 October 1990|
Kilbeacanty, County Galway, Ireland
|Died||23 October 2013(aged 22)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
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.
Donoghue was found in his home on 23 October 2013, 3 days before his 23rd birthday. His death brought the topic of suicide into public consciousness. 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.
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- "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.
- 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.
- Crawford, Caroline (27 October 2013). "Farewell Niall Donohue: A thousand descend on Galway for hurler's funeral". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 October 2013.