Donal Keenan

Donal Keenan
Personal information
Irish name Dónall Ó Cianáin
Sport Gaelic football
Position Left wing-forward
Born 1919
Elphin, County Roscommon, Ireland
Died 19 September 1990 (aged 70)
Cork, Ireland
Occupation Medical doctor
Years Club
Club titles
Roscommon titles 2
Years College
1940-1947 University College Dublin
College titles
Sigerson titles 2
Years County
1939-1951 Roscommon
Inter-county titles
Connacht titles 4
All-Irelands 2

Donal Keenan (1919 19 September 1990) was an Irish Gaelic games administrator, Gaelic football coach, selector and former player. He was the President of the Gaelic Athletic Association from 1973 until 1976.[1]

Born in Elphin, County Roscommon, Keenan was introduced to Gaelic football in his youth. At club level he first lined out as a minor with Elphin. In a distinguished career spanning three decades, Keenan won two championship medals with Elphin, having earlier won a championship medal with University College Dublin.

Keenan made his debut on the inter-county scene when he first linked up with the Roscommon junior team. An All-Ireland medallist in this grade, Keenan later made his senior football debut. He went on to play a key role for Roscommon during a hugely successful era, and won two All-Ireland medals and four Connacht medals. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.[2]

As a member of the Connacht inter-provincial team on six consecutive occasions, Keenan never won a Railway Cup medal. He retired from inter-county football following the conclusion of the 1951 championship.

In retirement from playing Keenan became involved in team management and coaching. He served on the management team of the Roscommon seniors for almost two decades, winning two Connacht titles.

In Gaelic games administration Keenan served as Roscommon County Board chairman for a period from 1958 and was chairman of the Connacht Council from 1970 until his election as the 24th President of the GAA in 1973.


University College Dublin


  1. "Presidents of the GAA: Donal Keenan". Lár na Páirce website. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  2. "Footballing great who inspired Roscommon and led them to two All-Ireland titles". Irish Times. 27 January 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2016.

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