Peter Kelly (GAA)

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Peter Kelly (1847 – 7 April 1908) was President of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in the late 1880s.[1]

Kelly was a native of Killeenadeema, Loughrea.[2] He and a number of other men from the area - William J. Duffy, John P. McCarthy, John Sweeney, Loughrea; Michael Glennon, Kilchreest - asked Bishop Patrick Duggan to become the patron of the nascent GAA.[citation needed] Duggan declined citing his poor health, suggesting instead Archbishop Thomas Croke of Cashel. Kelly attended the foundation of the association at Thurles in November 1884.[citation needed] He served as umpire during the Loughrea hurling tournament of 1887, which was attended by over three thousand people.[citation needed] He was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "GAA History > GAA Presidents". Official GAA Website. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Pat O'Looney, ed. (2009). Killeenadeema Aille: History and Heritage/Stair agus Oidhreacht. Killeenadeema Historical and Heritage Society. ISBN 978 0 9561736 0 7.