Humphrey Kelleher

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Humphrey Kelleher
Personal information
Irish name Amhlaoibh O Céileachair
Sport Gaelic football
Position Full-back
Born 1946
Millstreet, Cork, Ireland
Died 2005 (aged 58–59)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Years Club
Club titles
Cork titles 0
Years County Apps (scores)
Cork 14 (0–00)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 3
All-Irelands 1
All Stars 0

Humphrey Kelleher (1946–2005) was an Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Millstreet and was a member of the Cork senior inter-county team from 1971 until 1975.

Playing career[edit]


Kelleher played his club football with his local club in Millstreet.


By the late 1960s Kelleher had joined the Cork senior team, however, the team was forced to play second fiddle to Kerry. In 1971 Cork were back. A 0–25 to 0–14 trouncing of back-to-back All-Ireland champions Kerry gave Kelleher a Munster winners' medal.[1] Cork, however, were later defeated by eventual champions Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Two years later Kelleher secured his second Munster winners' medal. The 5–12 to 1–15 defeat of Kerry showed the traditional football powers that Cork were coming.[original research?] The subsequent All-Ireland final pitted Cork against Galway. Jimmy Barry-Murphy scored the first of his two goals after two minutes before scored a third for Cork after switching to left wing-forward. At full-time Cork were the champions by 3–17 to 2–13. This victory gave Kelleher an All-Ireland winners' medal.[2]

Cork continued their provincial dominance in 1974.[citation needed] A 1–11 to 0–7 defeat of Kerry gave Kelleher a third Munster winners' medal. This victory resulted in Cork being installed as the favourites to retain their All-Ireland title.[citation needed] Kelleher's side were defeated by eventual champions Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.


Kelleher also lined out with Munster in the inter-provincial football competition. He first played with his province in 1974. In 1975 Kelleher was a member of the team again and he captured a Railway Cup winners' medal following a victory over Ulster. Kelleher was a non-playing substitute when Munster retained the title in 1976.[3]


Humphrey Kelleher died on September 21, 2005, after a short illness.[4]


  1. ^ "Senior Football - Munster Final Winning Teams (1887-2007)". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  2. ^ "Cork Hurling Profile". Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  3. ^ "Munster Railway Cup Football Teams". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on July 19, 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  4. ^ "Cork GAA laments Kelleher passing". 2005-09-25. Retrieved 2009-03-25.