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Kerry's 2014 Minor All-Ireland Winners: Where Are They Now?

Kerry's 2014 Minor All-Ireland Winners: Where Are They Now?
By PJ Browne Updated
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On Saturday, Kerry face Monaghan in the semi-final of the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship while Derry play Dublin in the other last-four game.

It's now nine years since Kerry won the first of their five consecutive All-Ireland minor titles .

Six of the panel from 2014 were part of the side which defeated Galway in last year's senior final, while 14 have made appearances at senior level.

We've taken a look at where the starting team and some of the subs from the 2014 final against Donegal are now in their GAA careers.

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Shane Ryan

The Rathmore man has been Kerry's first choice goalkeeper since 2019. He won an All-Ireland, and his first All-Star, in 2022.


Earlier this year, he won an All-Ireland Intermediate Club Football Championship title, playing in the full-forward line, from where he scored 1-3 in the final against Tyrone side Galbally Pearses.

Dan O'Donoghue

The corner-back from the Spa club in Killarney made a breakthrough into the senior team last year. He played four league games before injury curtailed his season.

He won All-Ireland junior titles in 2015 and 2018.


Brian Ó'Beaglaoich

The An Ghaeltacht defender has been a part of the Kerry senior panel since 2016. He started both the 2019 drawn All-Ireland final and the subsequent replay against Dublin, and also last year's victory over Galway in the decider.

Tom O'Sullivan

O'Sullivan made his Kerry debut in 2016 and has since established himself as one of the most effective attacking backs in Gaelic football.

Like his fellow West Kerry man Ó'Beaglaoich, Dingle's O'Sullivan started last year's All-Ireland final victory over Galway and both the 2019 drawn final and replay.


He is a two-time All-Star, winning awards in 2019 and 2021.

Brian Sugrue

The Renard man captained the Kingdom to the 2017 Munster U21 title. He also won All-Ireland junior titles in 2015 and 2017.

29 March 2017; Brian Sugrue of Kerry celebrates with his team-mates after the EirGrid Munster GAA Football U21 Championship Final match between Cork and Kerry at Páirc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Andrew Barry

The Na Gaeil player, brother of current senior panel member Jack Barry, also won a minor All-Ireland in 2015. He went on to play at U21, junior and senior level for Kerry.

Barry played in two 2018 league games during Eamonn Fitzmaurice's final season as manager. He was recalled to the Kerry panel by Jack O'Connor ahead of the 2022 campaign following some impressive form for the St Brendan's divisional side. Barry's Na Gaeil have since reached senior level in the Kingdom.

Cormac Coffey

Coffey has also played at U21 and senior level for Kerry. He played three times during the 2018 league.

Last season, he travelled from Dubai to play with Kerins O'Rahillys in the Munster club championship and the All-Ireland semi-final against Kilmacud Crokes.

"I’ve had flights where I got in after 7pm and you’ve missed the last flight down to Farranfore or the last train out of Heuston," Coffey told the Irish Examiner.

"The bus times can be awkward too, and in the end people were going out of their way from the club to go up and collect me."

Barry Dan O'Sullivan

Seven years on from his Kerry senior debut, Barry Dan O'Sullivan made his championship bow aged 27 against Tipperary in this year's Munster semi-final.

The midfielder had featured sporadically for the Kingdom in the league, making one appearance in 2016, two in 2017 and five in 2018 before his form for Dingle last season resulted in a recall by Jack O'Connor.

Mark O'Connor

One of the star players from Kerry's five consecutive minor All-Ireland title-winning teams. He also won a minor title in 2015.

O'Connor joined signed with Aussie rules side Geelong in late 2016. He won a premiership last season and recently reached the 100-game mark in the AFL.

"Mark O’Connor is a leader in our footy team and he was after 50 games," Geelong coach Chris Scott said ahead of O'Connor's 100th game.

"I am just full of admiration for what he has done. I shouldn’t say this because it sounds like I am comparing him to other underage interviews I have been involved with.


"As an 18-year-old, he was the most together young person I've ever spoken to in an interview situation. He has just improved since then. We had high hopes early.

"I will say, just removing the footy side, because they do have some individual physical traits that help them, every Irishman that I am aware of that has come out and had success, they tend to be really well put together people. Mark has been that for us for sure."

16 October 2022; Mark O'Connor of Dingle, left, and David Clifford of East Kerry during the Kerry County Senior Football Championship semi-final match between East Kerry and Dingle at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Though, he has not featured at senior level for Kerry. O'Connor has returned to Ireland to play championship football with Dingle.

Micheál Burns

The half-forward is now in his sixth season on the Kerry senior panel. He came on as a substitute in the 2022 All-Ireland final victory against Galway.

Brian Rayel

Rayel only played at minor level for Kerry. The Lispole man has played football in Melbourne alongside fellow former Kerry underage player Lee O'Donoghue.

21 September 2014; Kerry's Brian Rayel celebrate his side's victory. Electric Ireland GAA Football All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kerry v Donegal. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Matthew Flaherty

The Dingle man has played at U21 and senior levels. He made five substitute appearances during the 2018 league.

He has also won two Kerry Senior Hurling Championship medals with Kilmoyley, and was part of the side which became the first-ever Kingdom club to win a Munster IHC title when they triumphed in 2021. They subsequently lost to Naas in the All-Ireland final.

"I was approached about three years ago then from [John] Meyler and Maurice Murnane and asked to go hurling with Kilmoyley," he told The Kerryman after the 2020 final.

"The grá was always there [for hurling]. My father is a Clare man, a Sixmilebridge man, so the passion was there. There was no hurling in Dingle so I said ‘yeah I’ll be glad to go up and play with the boys above in Kilmoyley’.

"Maurice Murnane and the lads took me on here and I’m only delighted to be part of it."

20 September 2020; Matthew O'Flaherty of Kilmoyley celebrates with manager John Meyler following the Kerry County Senior Hurling Championship Final match between Kilmoyley and Causeway at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Killian Spillane

The Templenoe forward has been a regular on the senior panel since making his debut in 2018. Last year, he scored two points off the bench to help Kerry defeat Galway in the All-Ireland final.

He also won junior All-Irelands in 2015 and 2017.

Liam Kearney

The Spa club man captained Kerry to that 2014 victory, becoming the first player from the county to lift the Tom Markham Cup since Jack Ferriter 20 years earlier.

Kearney won a junior All-Ireland in 2015 and played five games in the league in 2020. He left the Kerry panel during the summer of 2021.

25 January 2020; Liam Kearney of Kerry during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 1 match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

He played for New York in their defeat to Carlow in the preliminary quarter-finals of this year's Tailteann Cup.

Tomás Ó'Sé

The An Ghaeltacht forward made four senior appearances in 2019, three in the league and one in a draw with Donegal in the Super 8s. He also won a junior All-Ireland in 2017.

Ó Sé is also a professional Irish dancer who has toured with Riverdance.


Robert Wharton

A year after winning that minor title, the Renard man played at outside centre for Cistercian College Roscrea as they won their first-ever Leinster School Senior Cup with an 18-11 victory over Belvedere.

He won a junior All-Ireland in 2016 and made one senior championship appearance, coming on as a sub in the 2019 Munster semi-final win against Clare.

8 April 2023; Mark Plunkett of Leitrim in action against Robert Wharton of New York during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship quarter-final match between New York and Leitrim at Gaelic Park in New York, USA. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

This year, he was part of the New York team which won its first-ever Connacht Championship game with victory over Leitrim. He also featured in the provincial semi-final defeat to Sligo and the Tailteann Cup preliminary quarter-final loss to Carlow.

Liam Carey

The forward won a junior All-Ireland in 2017. He was also Man of the Match for Beaufort, scoring 1-5, as they won the All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship title with victory over Easkey in 2019.

10 September 2022; Liam Carey of Mid Kerry during the Kerry County Senior Football Championship Round 1 match between Mid Kerry and West Kerry at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ivan Parker

The Churchill forward won a junior All-Ireland in 2017 and was an important player for the St Brendan's divisional side which reached three consecutive Kerry SFC semi-finals between 2019 and 2021.

20 November 2021; Ivan Parker of St Brendans during the Kerry County Senior Football Championship Semi-Final match between Austin Stacks and St Brendan's at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Jordan Kiely

Kiely won an All-Ireland club title with Dr Crokes in 2017. He came on as a substitute as his side defeated Slaughtneil in the final.

Stephen O'Sullivan

The forward is a two-time minor All-Ireland winner, triumphing in 2015 along with 2014. He won junior All-Irelands in 2017 and 2019.

He also scored a hat-trick of goals for Templenoe as they beat Ardnaree-Sarsfields to win the 2016 All-Ireland Junior Club Football Championship title.

Jason Foley

Foley made three appearances in that run to the 2014 minor title, though not in the final. The following year, he started every game in the second of the five-in-a-row victories.

The Ballydonoghue player made his senior debut in 2017 and has established himself as a key member of the Kerry backline. He was part of the side which won the All-Ireland in 2022, a year in which he also won his first All-Star award.

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