Rory Kavanagh

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Rory Kavanagh
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Personal information
Irish name Ruaidhrí Ó Caomhánach
Sport Gaelic football
Position Midfield
Born (1982-08-23) 23 August 1982 (age 34)
Letterkenny, Ireland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Occupation Teacher
Years Club
1999- Naomh Adhamhnáin
Club titles
Donegal titles 6
Years County
2001-2016 Donegal
Inter-county titles
Ulster titles 3
All-Irelands 1

Rory Kavanagh (Irish: Ruairí Ó Caomhánach; born 23 August 1982) is a Gaelic footballer with Donegal. Alongside Colm McFadden and Christy Toye, he would have been considered one of the experienced members of the Donegal senior football panel in his final days.[1]

Club: Naomh Adhamhnáin (St Eunan's GAA) , Kavanagh lives in Letterkenny[2][3]

Playing career[edit]

Educated at Saint Eunan's College in Letterkenny,[4] Kavanagh was part of the victorious college team that brought the McLarnon Cup back to the school for a third time in 2000, the first win since 1979. He is currently a teacher at Scoil Colmcille in Letterkenny.

Mickey Moran first called up Kavanagh for the Donegal senior panel in 2001.[5]

Against Armagh in the 2004 Ulster final at Croke Park, he came on as a substitute for the injured Christy Toye.[6] Against the same opponents at the same venue he played in the 2006 Ulster final, scoring 0-01.[7] Having spent much of the campaign on the bench, he came on as a substitute in the 2007 NFL Final against Mayo, scoring 0-01.[8]

Again against Mayo, he started at midfield in the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.[9] Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle from his team hotel in Dublin the following morning, he was still a wee bit hoarse himself and described the win as "surreal".[10] He was nominated for an All Star in 2012, but missed out unluckily according to many experts.[11]

At the end of 2014 Rory decided to retire from the county set up. In 2016, he came out of retirement to be back on the Donegal panel. In January 2017, Kavanagh retired from the inter-county game.[12]



  1. ^ Foley, Alan (11 September 2012). "Forward thinking McFadden". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lyster feasts on final glory". Evening Herald. Independent News & Media. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. "Now we know the secret of reaching an All-Ireland final. Eat eight meals a day," joked Michael Lyster. Many months ago, Donegal manager Jim McGuinness saw midfielder Rory Kavanagh as one of his key men, but felt he was too light. In order to bulk up, Jim asked him to eat eight meals a day. 
  3. ^ McKenna, Ewan (23 August 2012). "Forward-thinking McGuinness and Horan have turned old ruins into new empires". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 23 August 2012. When Rory Kavanagh was earmarked for midfield, he was told to eat a small breakfast before gym work, lunch at 10.30, a snack at 12.30, and then eat at 3.0, 6.0 and 9.0. 
  4. ^ "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 
  5. ^ Keys, Colm (5 November 2003). "Royals' seal of approval puts pressure on Boylan". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 5 November 2003. 
  6. ^ "Awesome Armagh destroy Donegal". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 11 July 2004. Retrieved 11 July 2004. Rory Kavanagh replaced the injured Christy Toye just before the break as two more McKeever points extended Armagh’s lead to eight – 1-9 to 0-4. 
  7. ^ "Donegal 0-09 1-09 Armagh". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2006. 
  8. ^ "Donegal achieve historic win - First national league title comes to county after victory over Mayo". Donegal Times. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  9. ^ "Live updates from the All-Ireland finals at Croke Park". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Donegal's Rory Kavanagh relives 'surreal' Sam moment". BBC News. BBC. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Jim McGuinness sorry that Rory Kavanagh misses out on All-Star". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 October 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Trio of Donegal All-Ireland winners announce their retirement from inter-county football". The 42. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Cassidy
Donegal Senior Football Captain
2009 - 2010
Succeeded by
Kevin Cassidy