Ryan Connolly


Player Profile

Age: 29 years, 1 month

Place of Birth: Castlebar, Co Mayo

Nationality: Ireland

Position: Midfield

Height: 5' 10"

Club History


Start DateEnd DateTeam
Dec 2019 Present Finn Harps
Jan 2019 Dec 2019 Ballyglass
Dec 2017 Oct 2018 Galway United
Nov 2016 Nov 2017 Shamrock Rovers
Jan 2014 Nov 2016 Galway United
Jul 2013 Oct 2013 Longford Town  (Loan)
Jun 2012 Nov 2013 Sligo Rovers
Aug 2007 May 2012 Derby County


Start DateEnd DateTeam

Ryan began his career with Derby County's youth academy in 2007. He spent five years at the club and made 1 league appearance before joining Scottish club Ayr United on loan in August 2011. He made 12 league and cup appearances for Ayr but returned to Derby in January 2012 and was released at the end of the season.

Ryan signed for Sligo Rovers on 1 July 2012 and made 6 league appearances that year, adding 11 more in 2013 before joining Longford Town on loan at the end of July. He scored twice in 9 league appearances for the Midlands club and left Sligo on his return from Longford at the end of the 2013 season. In January 2014 Ryan committed to the newest Galway club to grace the League of Ireland, Galway FC.

Ryan became a key part of the Galway side, playing in thirty league and play-off games for them, scoring five goals in the process, as Galway earned promotion to the Premier Division by winning the play-offs. He remained a key figure for Galway in 2015. Now named Galway United Ryan played in 26 of the club's Premier Division games, scoring six goals as the Tribesmen finished tenth in the league table. He also played in the EA Sports Cup Final, which Galway lost on penalties to St Pats.

Ryan continued to mature as a midfield playmaker in 2016 making 29 starts for Galway and chipping in with 12 goals before quitting Eamonn Deacy Park at the end of the season to sign for Stephen Bradley at Shamrock Rovers ahead of the 2017 campaign.

In November 2017, Shamrock Rovers announced they were releasing Ryan. Ryan signed for Galway United ahead of the 2018 season.

Ryan signed for Finn Harps in December 2019 as he returned to LOI football after taking a year out. Having appeared in all 21 of the club's games in 2020, Ryan re-signed with Harps for the 2021 campaign.

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Ryan Connolly 2020 Record - Friendly

Comp Date Home Score Away Venue Actions
Feb. 21, 2021 Galway United 1 - 0 Finn Harps Eamonn Deacy Park