Donaghy, who didn’t start in the quarter-final victory over Kildare, was substituted at half-time against Tyrone and his replacement in that match, Paul Geaney, is given the number 14 shirt. In Donaghy’s absence, midfielder David Moran will captain the Kerry side.
It is the second year in a row that the nominated Kerry captain hasn’t started the final and coincidentally Fionn Fitzgerald — who stood in as skipper for Kieran O’Leary last year — is one of the players to come into Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side’s defence, with Aidan O’Mahony the other.
Marc Ó Sé, who was one of only four outfield ever-presents to date along with Shane Enright, Jonathan Lyne and Killian Young, isn’t selected to start due to a hamstring injury. Paul Murphy is the other player to miss out at back, the Rathmore man troubled by a hip problem. If Ó Sé doesn’t play, it will be the first time since 1972 Kerry will have started an All-Ireland final without any one of him, his brothers Darragh or Tomás or his late uncle Páidí.
Meanwhile, the Kerry minor captain Mark O’Connor comes into the side for the All-Ireland MFC final with Tipperary on Sunday. The Dingle clubman is in at midfield while Tom O’Sullivan at left corner-back is the other inclusion since the semi-final win over Derry.
Andrew Barry reverts to centre-back to accommodate O’Connor as Mike Breen misses out. Jack Morgan was at corner-back against the Oak Leaf County but is selected at number 5. Gavin White switches from right half-back to the left flank with Daniel O’Brien dropping to the bench.
B Kelly (Legion), K Donaghy (Austin Stacks), M Ó Sé (An Ghaeltach), P Murphy (Rathmore), B Sheehan (St Mary’s), BJ Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys), D O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh-Glencar), P Galvin (Finuge), T Walsh (Kerins O’Rahillys), P Kilkenny (Glenbeigh-Glencar), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory).
B Courtney (Dr Crokes); D Brosnan (Gneeveguilla), J Foley (Ballydonoghue), T O’Sullivan (Dingle); J Morgan (Austin Stacks), A Barry (Na Gaeil), G White (Dr Crokes); M O’Connor (Dingle), JM Foley (Kilgarvan); B Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue), S O’Shea (Kenmare), B Barrett (Ardfert); M Foley (Spa), B Sweeney (Listowel Emmets), C Geaney (Dingle). Subs: E O’Brien (Churchill), M Breen (Beaufort), D O’Brien (Glenflesk), S O’Sullivan (Templenoe), D O’Shea (Kenmare), J Duggan (John Mitchels), G O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses), R Buckley (Listry), E Cronin (Spa).