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Patrick Kielty on growing up immersed in the GAA and winning an All-Ireland minor title at 16

Kielty played alongside James McCartan with Down minors in 1987.


BEFORE HE BECAME a well-known comedian, Patrick Kielty was part of a successful underage crop to emerge in Down.

While he was still U16, Kielty was part of the Down squad that lifted the All-Ireland minor football crown in 1987.

“I played minor for three years,” Kielty tells The42. “I was only 16 when I made the minor team in ’87. My brother was on that team with me.

“I was a sub on the team in ’87 – that’s why we won. I want to make that very clear. I played in ’88 and ’89 and we won nothing in both those years.”

James McCartan and Conor Deegan helped Down defeat Cork by 1-12 to 1-5 in that final at Croke Park.

Future Cork seniors Stephen O’Brien and Don Davis were on the losing side that day.

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