Meet the Captains: Shane Keely (Murphy’s Public House)

Murphy’s Team Captain, Shane Keely

Third in our “Meet the Captains” series is Murphy’s team captain, Shane Keely. Shane coaches soccer for Christian Brothers University and is a player for the Memphis City FC. An Ireland native, Shane picked up the sport of Gaelic football early in life and you can really see that experience play out on the field. Join us as we talk to Shane about his plans for the season.

How long have you played Gaelic football? Where did you play? And what was your favorite position?

“I played Gaelic football from about 5-18 years old (so 13 years). I played for St. Finian’s GAA club in Swords, County Dublin. My favorite position was right half forward or midfield.”


How do you plan to win the inaugural Memphis Gaelic football league?

“We plan on playing smooth silky sexy Dublin style of Gaelic football to win the league. Take your points and your goals will come haha!”


Why should anyone want to signup for your team?

Shane Keely holding the Sam Maguire Cup

“People should sign up for the Murphy’s team because we already have a lot of good recruits signed up and with Dublin being the current All Ireland Champions what better team to play for then the team in Blue! Everyone hates the Dubs and we all know everyone hates the best hahaha.”

We’ll have to see if Shane and team Murphy’s will be able to get the formula right and follow the lead of his native Dublin. Club sponsors Seamus Loftus (Brass Door) and DJ Naylor (Celtic Crossing) are both from County Mayo so I’m sure they are more than eager to get the chance to take the Memphis title as payback for the 2016 All Ireland Finals!

For your best chance of joining your preferred team, be sure to sign up for the 2017 Gaelic Football Spring Pub League by Thursday, March 23rd. Join us Wednesday when we talk to club chairman and Majestic Grille team captain Dermot Murray!