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Caoimhín Kelleher

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Caoimhín Kelleher; From Ringmahon Rangers to Liverpool's Anfield

Started out his football career with Cork’s northside soccer club Rockmount Under 11 team and then moved to local Mahon based club, Ringmahon Rangers, where he played Under 13 to Under 17 football. Impressive performances with the renowned Rangers between the posts was monitored by Ireland’s Under 17 management and when capped at this grade, he was in the spotlight and the mighty Liverpool came calling for his signature.

In the summer of 2015 Caoimhín was on his way to the Liverpool Academy and after a few years blossoming at youths level, in 2018 he featured regularly on the clubs pre season fixtures in America. With a new contract secured and a place on the bench also for the 2019 UEFA Champions League final v Spurs, the Blackrock Irish youths international became the 12th Irish footballer to achieve the distinction of claiming a European Champions Cup medal. He also succeeded fellow Corkonians, Denis Irwin and Roy Keane with this accolade.

In a further progression of his Liverpool career, his manager had sufficient confidence in his goalkeeper to put him on the bench again for the Super Cup final v Chelsea in 2019. At international level Cork fans will now look forward to Caomhín lining out for the senior international team to compliment his caps at Under 17; 19 and 21 levels.

Featuring Caomhín Kelleher in our Blackrock Online soccer People of Distinction, we are mindful that his cross channel journey with the mighty Liverpool has just commenced, but we are also mindful not too many Cork footballers have made it to Liverpool’s No.1 team. The future for Caomhín looks extremely prosperous and let’s hope Blackrock soccer fans will soon be rejoicing, that Ireland’s newest and brightest senior international star is one of their own.

Since winning his last medal in the colours of Ringmahon Rangers v College Corinthians in the Premier League, his introduction to football was at centre forward and it is further stated that it was Caoimhín’s dad who persuaded Ringmahon Rangers to try him between the posts. The influence of his dad has paid handsome dividends for the player and hopefully Liverpool and Ireland also.

Michael Casey also writes about the sporting influence of Caomhín’s siblings and states younger brother Fiachra lines out with Maccelsfield Town whilst three more brothers wear the clours of the famed Rockies in hurling.

Tribute by Michael Casey @ Blackrock Online

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