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55 Standout Names Playing GAA In America This Summer

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By PJ Browne Updated
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There's a strong chance if you're watching a GAA match in Boston, Chicago or New York this summer that you'll see an inter-county Gaelic footballer on the pitch.

There are just eight teams remaining in the Sam Maguire Cup while the Tailteann Cup is down to the last two. There has been an exodus of players to the USA recently as teams are eliminated from their respective championships.

The deadline for sanctions has not yet passed so plenty more should follow ahead of the deadline on July 1.

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Gaelic footballers in America this summer


Oisin Brady (Killygarry) - Wolfe Tones, North East
Cian Reilly (Killygarry) - Wolfe Tones, North East



Ciaran Downes (Kilmihil) - Sean Treacys, Western
Emmet McMahon (Kildysart) - Connemara Gaels, North East
Ronan Lanigan (Eire Og Ennis) - Connemara Gaels, North East
Aaron Griffin (Lissycasey) - Connemara Gaels, North East
Ikem Ugwueru (Eire Og Ennis) - Galway, North East

22 April 2023; Emmet McMahon of Clare during the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Limerick and Clare at TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by Tom Beary/Sportsfile


Dylan Foley (Eire Og) - Sean Treacys, Western
Brian Hayes (St Finbarrs) - Tipperary, Western
Damien Cahalane (St Finbarrs) - Tipperary, Western
Conor Cahalane (St Finbarrs) - Tipperary, Western (The Barrs trio are also playing hurling.)



Paddy O'Kane (Dungiven) - St Patricks, North East



Shane O'Donnell (St Eunans) - Donegal, North East
Niall O'Donnell (St Eunans) - Donegal, North East
Jason McGee (Cloughaneely) - Donegal, North East


Mark Lavin (Lucan Sarsfields) - John McBrides, Chicago
Harry Ladd (Lucan Sarsfields) - John McBrides, Chicago
Shane Carthy (Naomh Mearnog) - Young Irelands, Philadelphia
Padraig Purcell (Kilmacud Crokes) - John McBrides, Chicago
Andrew McGowan (Kilmacud Crokes) - John McBrides, Chicago
Cameron McCormack (Ballymun Kickhams) - Ulster, Western


22 January 2023; Andrew McGowan, left, with his brother, Ross McGowan of Kilmacud Crokes and their Mum Anne after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Watty Graham's Glen of Derry and Kilmacud Crokes of Dublin at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile



Ultan Kelm (Erne Gaels Belleek) - Wolfe Tones, Chicago
Jonathan Cassidy (Enniskillen Gaels) - Aidan McAnespies, North East


Maitias Barrett - (Naomh Anna Leitír Móir) - Connemara Gaels, North East
Nathan Grainger (Claregalway) - Galway, North East
Conor Flaherty (Clare Galway) - Galway, North East (also playing hurling)
Ryan Monaghan (Oughterard) - Sean Treacys, Western
Michael Lundy (Corofin) - Mayo, New York
Eamonn Brannigan (St Michaels) - Mayo, New York
Thomas Flynn (St Marys Athenry) - Mayo, New York
Matthew Tierney (Oughterard) - Sean Treacys, Western

11 June 2017; Tom Parsons of Mayo in action against Michael Lundy of Galway during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium, in Salthill, Galway. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile



Eoin Clifford (Laune Rangers) - Shannon Blues, North East
David Mangan (Laune Rangers) - Shannon Blues, North East
Gearoid Hassett (Laune Rangers) - Shannon Blues, North East
Brian Leonard (Castleisland Desmonds) - Padraig Pearses, Chicago
Eddie Horan (Scartaglin) - Brooklyn Shamrocks, New York
Jack Savage (Kerins O'Rahillys) - Westmeath, New York
Darragh Roche (Glenflesk) - Donegal, North East


Dermot Hanafin (Naas) - Padraig Pearses, Chicago


Paul Keaney (St Marys Kiltoghert) - Connemara Gaels, North East

15 February 2023; Paul Keaney of UL catches a mark during the Electric Ireland HE GAA Sigerson Cup Final match between University of Limerick and University College Cork at WIT Sports Campus in Waterford. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile


Cian Sheehan (Newcastle West) - Sean Treacys, Western


Jack Duggan (Clonguish) - Wolfe Tones, Chicago


Connell Dempsey (Knockmore) - Galway, North East
Jack Fallon (Mayo Gaels) - Parnells, North East


David Garland (Donaghmoyne) - Donegal, North East


Jack McEvoy (Clonbullogue) - St Patricks, Philadelphia
Jack Bryant (Shamrocks) - Padraig Pearses, Chicago
Rory Egan (Edenderry) - Setanta San Diego, Western
Fionn Dempsey (Bracknagh) - St Patricks, North East

30 April 2023; Jack Bryant of Offaly during the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi Final match between Louth and Offaly at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile


Ronan Daly (Padraig Pearses) - St Patricks, Philadelphia
Keith Doyle (St Dominics) - Sean Treacys, Western


Conor Cadell (JK Brackens) - Western


Daniel Kerr (Galbally Pearses) - Connemara Gaels, North East
Shea O'Hare (Ardboe O'Donovan Rossa) - Young Irelands, Philadelphia


Paraic Hughes (Kilanerin) - Padraig Pearses, Chicago

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