Ross Munnelly

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Ross Munnelly
Personal information
Irish name Ross Ó Maonaile
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Right Half Forward
Born (1982-12-23) 23 December 1982 (age 35)
Portlaoise, Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Years Club
Club titles
Laois titles 1
Years County
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 1

Ross Munnelly (born 23 December 1982) is an Irish sportsperson from County Laois. He plays Gaelic football for his club Arles/Kilcruise and the Laois senior team. In 2003, he was part of the Laois team that won the Leinster Senior Football Championship title for the first time since 1946.[1] He usually plays at wing forward for Laois. He is also well known as a serial participant on 'First Dates Ireland'. He has been immortalised in Midlands folklore as the arch rival of Dublin's Jonny Cooper, and their battles on field are legendary in Coppers' gossip circles.

Playing career[edit]


In 2003, Munnelly starred when his club Arles/Kilcruise won the Laois Senior Football Championship title.[2]


Munnelly emerged on to the scene in 2000 as part of the Laois minor team and in 2002 and 2003 he was part of the Laois Under 21 team. In 2003, he joined the Laois senior football team, helping them to a Leinster Senior Football Championship.

In 2005, he captained Laois to the final of that year's Leinster Senior Football Championship; they were beaten by Dublin.[3] The team went on to defeat Derry in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship,[4] before being beaten by Armagh in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final.[5]

In 2006, Laois were defeated by Mayo in their All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final encounter. It was all downhill from there. Following this, Laois were knocked out in the All-Ireland qualifiers by Derry in 2007 and by Down in both 2008 and 2009.

International rules[edit]

In 2005, Munnelly was chosen to represent Ireland in the International Rules Series away to Australia, and in 2006 he was nominated for an All Stars Award. Though not chosen on the team, he was called up to travel to Dubai as a replacement in January 2007.

He played twice for Ireland against Australia in the 2013 International Rules Series, as Ireland romped to a record-breaking victory.[6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

As well as playing for his club and county, Munnelly is also a prominent member of the Dublin City University Sports Academy and currently works with the Student Recruitment office in DCU promoting the university to a wide range of potential students, not just those with a sporting background.


  1. ^ "Laois claim dramatic Leinster final victory". RTÉ Sport. 2003-07-20. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  2. ^ "60 seconds in sport with Ross Munnelly, who captains Laois at Croke Park on Saturday". The Sunday Times. 2005-01-31. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  3. ^ "Fighting Dubs take Leinster title". RTÉ Sport. 2005-07-17. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  4. ^ "Laois work hard to dump Derry". RTÉ Sport. 2005-08-06. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  5. ^ "Armagh cruise into All-Ireland semis". RTÉ Sport. 2005-08-20. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  6. ^ "Ireland 57-35 Australia". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Paul Earley hails Ireland's ruthless streak against Australia". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 27 October 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Ireland 116-37 Australia". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 26 October 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.