Tadhg Kennelly was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2015.
A young Gaelic football star from Ireland’s County Kerry, Tadhg Kennelly took a leap of faith when he decided to move to Sydney and try his hand at Australian Rules Football. Arriving at the Sydney Swans in late 1999, Kennelly was added to the Club’s Rookie List, and immediately was handed over to assistant coach George Stone for education in all things AFL. His natural pace, athleticism and inherent skill saw him make his senior debut in 2001, and quickly establish himself in the team as an attacking half back flanker. Only four years later he would dance an Irish jig on a podium in the middle of the MCG as he accepted his 2005 Premiership medal, having played an integral part in the Club’s successful finals campaign. Following the 2008 season, Tadhg returned to Ireland to pursue his ambition of following in the footsteps of his late father Tim and brother Noel, winning an All-Ireland Medal with County Kerry. Having become the only man to have won an All-Ireland Final and an AFL Premiership, Tadhg returned to the Sydney Swans to play a further two seasons, finishing his career with a tally of just under two hundred games, and having firmly entrenched himself in the history of the red and white.