Martin O'Connell (Gaelic footballer)

Martin O'Connell
Personal information
Irish name Máirtín Ó Conaill
Sport Gaelic football
Position Left wing-back
Born (1963-08-29) August 29, 1963
Carlanstown, County Meath
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Occupation Butcher
Years Club
1980s-2000s St. Michael's
Years County
1984-1997 Meath
Inter-county titles
Leinster titles 6
All-Irelands 3
All Stars 4

Martin O'Connell (born 29 August 1963 in Carlanstown, County Meath) is an Irish former sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club St. Michael's and was a member of the Meath senior inter-county team from 1984 util 1997.[1] O'Connell is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.[2]

In a senior inter-county career that spanned two decades, O'Connell won every honour in the game at senior level. His record of three All-Ireland medals is one which has yet to be equalled by one of his fellow countymen. O'Connell also claimed a record six Leinster and three National Football League titles.

O'Connell has also been the recipient of many awards off the field. He claimed four All Star awards as well as being named Texaco Footballer of the Year in his final playing season in 1996. Shortly after his inter-county career ended O'Connell received the ultimate accolade when he was named in the left wing-back position on the GAA Football Team of the Millennium.

See also


  1. "Meath GAA profile". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  2. "The An Post-GAA Football Team of the Millennium". Retrieved 2010-06-11.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Robbie O'Malley
Meath Senior Football Captain
Succeeded by
Tommy Dowd
Preceded by
Paul Curran
Texaco Footballer of the Year
Succeeded by
Maurice Fitzgerald
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