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Dermot Keely
Personal information
Date of birth 8 March 1954[1]
Place of birth    Ireland
Playing position Manager
Club information
Current club Shelbourne
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Home Farm
St. Patrick's Athletic
Shamrock Rovers
National team
League of Ireland 2 (0)
Teams managed
Shamrock Rovers
Sligo Rovers
Longford Town
Finn Harps
Athlone Town
Home Farm Everton
Kildare County
Derry City
Dublin City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Dermot Keely, (born 8 March 1954 in Dublin) is the current manager of Irish football team Shelbourne FC.



Keely's family have played League of Ireland football at various levels. His late father Peter Keely played for Shelbourne, his brother Joe played on the same Home Farm F.C. FAI Cup winning side of 1775 as Dermot Keely himself. And his son Alan Keely currently plays for Shelbourne.[2]




{{unreferenced section|date=December 2009} As a player Keely started with Home Farm F.C. and then signed for St. Patrick's Athletic under Barry Bridges who appointed him club captain. In June 1977 he was about to depart for Adelaide on a 2 year contract when the deal fell through.

Moved to Dundalk F.C. where he made his debut against Shamrock Rovers in September 1978. In his first season the Co. Louth outfit won the domestic double. In 1981 Keely captained Dundalk to win the FAI Cup. The League Cup was also won this season.

Keely then signed for Glentoran F.C. in the Irish League where in his two seasons there he won the Irish Cup, a Gold Cup and an Ulster Cup.

Keely's time with Dundalk and Glentoran saw him play in notable European Cup ties. In 1979, Dundalk reached the second round of the European Cup and were drawn with Celtic. The first leg saw Dundalk produce a notable display to come away with a 3-2 defeat at Parkhead. In the return leg in front of a packed Oriel Park, Dundalk missed a last-minute opportunity to win the tie on away goals and the game finished 0-0. This is regarded as one of the best performances by a League of Ireland club in European competition.

Two years later, Keely played his part in Glentoran's run to the second round of the European Cup. In the first leg against CSKA Sofia, they lost 2-0. However, the return leg saw Glentoran take a 2-0 lead, forcing the game into extra time. With only five minutes remaining, CSKA scored the goal they needed. The tie finished 3-2 on aggregate, which had been the closest Glentoran came to reaching the last eight of European competition since 1974.[3]


Keely's first managerial job was as UCD player-manager.[1] However after just two months at Belfield Jim McLaughlin persuaded Keely to sign for Shamrock Rovers. He made his debut against Athlone Town in November 1983. He scored his first goal for Rovers in a 3-2 defeat to Shelbourne at Harold's Cross on the 11th of December 1983. When McLaughlin left at the end of the 1985/86 season to manage his home club Derry City Dermot was appointed player-manager on the 16th of May.

In the 1986/87 season, Rovers controversially announced the sale of Glenmalure Park near the end of season. However, Rovers won another double in this their final season at Milltown to bring Keely's Rovers haul to 4 League championships and 3 FAI Cups.

The 1987/88 season started with Rovers controversially playing at Tolka Park. Rovers fans boycotted the ground en masse. Every game was picketed and with the crowds practically gone the team invariably suffered. Keely was quoted years later as saying:

I didn't realise the depth of feeling about Glenmalure Park and all I wanted to do was win the League for Shamrock Rovers.

—D Keely , The Hoops (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)

He resigned after the last game of the season on the 8th of April 1988. During his time at Rovers he won one Inter-League cap and represented the club 6 times in European competition.


He then took over as manager of Sligo Rovers in 1989 and achieved promotion in his first season. He guided Sligo Rovers to their highest Premier Division place in a decade in the 1990/91 season by finishing 5th.

After a brief spell at Longford Town he took over at Dundalk where he won the League Championship in 1995. He then guided Finn Harps to promotion to the Premier Division in 1996. After managing Athlone Town he took over the reins at Home Farm Everton where he won the League of Ireland First Division Shield in 1998.

In the calendar year 1996 Keely managed four clubs: Dundalk, Finn Harps, Athlone Town and Home Farm.

He took over as manager of Shelbourne in July 1998 [4] and won two championships (1999-2000 and 2001-02) and one FAI Cup (2000) in his time at Tolka Park. He also guided Shels to victory over Macedonian side Sloga Jugomagnat in the first round of 2000-01 Champions League qualifiers. Shels 1-0 win in the first leg in Skopje was the first away win for a League of Ireland side in any UEFA competitions for eighteen years.

Keely then became the first manager of new league club Kildare County in 2002. After a credible 5th place finish he then walked out to manage Derry City lasting only 3 months[5]

After a spell out of the game he then took over at Dublin City.[6] He then took over the management position at Shelbourne FC in 2007 and in his first season back finished fifth in the first division. In his second season in charge, Shelbourne lead the division going into the final game, and needed a home win against mid-table Limerick to gain promotion, but were denied by a 92nd-minute equaliser, and so were overhauled by Dundalk, who won away to Kildare County.

Dermot Keely has also been working as a maths teacher in De La Salle College Churchtown for over 20 years and has a weekly column in the Irish Sun.


As a player

As a manager



  • The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)
Preceded by
Damien Richardson
Shelbourne manager
Succeeded by
Pat Fenlon
Preceded by
Kildare County Manager
Succeeded by
Eric Hannigan
Preceded by
Pat Fenlon
Shelbourne manager
Succeeded by


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