Pádraig ‘Dandy’ Kelly

Major Achievements to date

5 Connacht SFC (1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987).


Pádraig ‘Dandy’ Kelly, one of Galway’s long-serving players of the 1980s, who sadly passed away in November 2001.

Kelly’s record in Connacht SFC finals:
1982: Galway 3-17 Mayo 0-10
1983: Galway 1-13 Mayo 1-10
1984: Galway 2-13 Mayo 2-09
1986: Galway 1-08 Roscommon 1-05
1987: Galway 0-08 Mayo 0-07

During his career, while Galway were dominating in Connacht, they were unlucky outside the province, losing 4 All-Ireland semi-finals & 1 All-Ireland SFC Final during his inter-county career.

1982 lost semi-final to Offaly, 1-12 to 1-11
1983 lost All-Ireland final to Dublin, 1-10 to 1-08
1984 lost semi-final to Kerry, 2-17 to 0-11
1986 lost semi-final to Tyrone, 1-12 to 1-09
1987 lost semi-final to Cork, after a replay.
Drew 1-11 apiece, before Cork prevailed 0-18 to 1-04 in the replay.

The sudden and untimely death of Pádraig Kelly on 17th November 2001 was one of the saddest days in Maigh Cuilinn GAA club’s long history. Pádraig was a well-respected teacher, an outstanding footballer and an all-round sportsman. His dedication to the club as a player and as secretary was exemplary. He played for Galway in all grades and gave sterling service to the county.

Pádraig’s sons Sean & Paul have followed in his footsteps, by wearing the Maroon & White of Galway. They have also enjoyed considerable success on the basketball court. We also remember his son Dara, who sadly passed away on the 19th February 2003.

(Source: Galway Footballers Homepage)

GALWAY, Connacht S.F.C. winners 1986. At back, from left: Gerry Dolan (St Grellan’s, Ballinasloe), Brian O’Donnell (Mervue-Renmore, later Salthill), Padraig ‘Dandy’ Kelly (R.I.P.) (Maigh Cuilinn); Pat Comer (Salthill-Knocknacarra, later An Cheathrú Rua), Rory Fahy (Maigh Cuilinn), Michael Brennan (St Grellan’s, Ballinasloe), Gay McManus (Milltown), Seamus McHugh (Headford). In front: Brian Talty (Tuam Stars, later Parnell’s, Dublin), Aodán Ó Shea (An Cheathrú Rua), Enda Guerin (Salthill-Knocknacarra), Tomás Tierney – captain (Milltown), Val Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough), John Fallon (Tuam Stars), Barry Brennan (St Grellan’s, Ballinasloe).

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