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Title: Retirements
Post by: Maroon Manc on July 09, 2018, 01:50:38 PM
Not sure if we have a thread already for this but couldn't find one.

Donncha O'Connor called it quits over the weekend aged 37, couldn't believe it last year when Cork played Mayo when they said he was 36 whilst giving Cafferkey the run around. He didn't play minor or u21 and didn't make his debut until he 25 and would always have thought he was a bit underrated.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: TheClubman on July 10, 2018, 12:46:23 PM
A very good player. When Cork looked to be handing that final to Down he stepped up (along with Goulding) and did the business. Always showed for the ball and worked hard. Kind of guy you'd love to play with.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on July 10, 2018, 01:49:58 PM
Very talented footballer must have been very frustrating for him to play on so many disorganized and poorly managed Cork teams.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Jayop on July 10, 2018, 03:08:18 PM
Hope he enjoys his retirement and deserves any praise he's been getting and probably a little more. Sad way for a great player to go out a bit like Sean for us last year with a hammering but he'll soon forget about that and remember the All Ireland and the other great days.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Farrandeelin on July 17, 2018, 09:46:14 AM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Maroon Manc on July 17, 2018, 01:56:40 PM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.

Could be the first of a few, that interview with Andy Moran sounded like he's very unsure of the future.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GalwayBayBoy on July 17, 2018, 05:20:44 PM
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trileacman on July 17, 2018, 06:07:22 PM
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.
He was an amazing player but Christ he wasn't lucky.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on July 17, 2018, 06:19:28 PM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.

Could be the first of a few, that interview with Andy Moran sounded like he's very unsure of the future.
Barry Moran wasn't getting much of look in this year i'd say he took the job overseas with that in mind also. Will be a big surprise if Andy Moran doesn't play for Mayo in 2019
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.

Great footballer that had cruel luck with injuries.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Syferus on July 17, 2018, 06:34:55 PM
I don’t think anyone retiring at the age Andy Moran is would be a ‘big surprise’. Looked old this year.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on July 17, 2018, 06:56:01 PM
I don’t think anyone retiring at the age Andy Moran is would be a ‘big surprise’. Looked old this year.
Retiring after regularly starting games this year would be a big surprise it would be less of a surprise if he was seen as bit part player. Did you expect 34 year old to look young? he's still quicker in the mind than most if not all of the Mayo forwards.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Kuwabatake Sanjuro on July 17, 2018, 07:07:56 PM
I thought when the mark came in it would extend Barry Moran's career a few years. They never really got to utilise him the last couple of years.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: J70 on July 17, 2018, 07:36:22 PM
Cork's Colm O'Neill has called it a day. Unsurprising given all his injury woes. 3 cruciates.

Brilliant player. One of the scoring forwards I’ve seen. Either foot, any angle, could win ball.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: regal on July 17, 2018, 11:04:07 PM
O’Connor was a quality footballer who I think got the best out of himself.

O’Neill was just pure quality

Best of luck to both in retirement
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on July 18, 2018, 10:49:44 PM
Barry Moran gone too. Working abroad next year I believe.

Best of luck to big Barry, quality midfielder who had a bad run of injuries. Still, an U21 title, 7 Connachts and a decent number of County titles isn't too shabby even if he missed out on the big one
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Donnellys Hollow on August 11, 2018, 09:08:34 PM
Éamonn Callaghan, Kildare's last link to the Micko era.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on August 12, 2018, 12:11:56 AM
The Galway football supporter! For another year at least.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mouview on August 12, 2018, 01:02:13 AM
The Galway football supporter! For another year at least.

Ye had your chances and didn't take them. And yes, I was shouting you on everytime.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: FermGael on August 12, 2018, 09:50:54 AM
Ryan McCluskey, the longest serving player in inter-county football, has announced his retirement.

McCluskey first joined the Fermanagh panel for the 2000 Championship campaign and made his debut a few months later in the National League, the last year in which the competition started pre-Christmas.

His Championship debut came against Donegal in May 2001, two weeks before Stephen Cluxton first appeared for Dublin against Longford. The legendary Dublin goalkeeper now becomes the longest serving inter-county footballer.

McCluskey, who turned 37 in June, featured in Fermanagh’s historic run to the 2004 All-Ireland semi-final, which they lost to Mayo after a replay, as well as the 2008 Ulster final, where once again they were beaten at the second time of asking by Armagh.

Fermanagh returned to the provincial final for the first time since this summer, losing heavily to Donegal, though McCluskey didn’t appear in any of their four Championship games.


One of the best players to ever play for Fermanagh.
His early career was played as a corner back ( where he was excellent ) but he played the majority of his club and county career at center half back which was his best position.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: redzone on August 12, 2018, 10:03:50 AM
Did he play right thru all them years or did he miss one due to his soccer commitments with portadown. By all accounts he could of  played in the lower leagues of English soccer he was that good at it. Rory Gallagher wasn't bad at the soccer either. Fermanagh have had some of the best players about over the years
Paddy mcguinnes, Raymond Gallagher, Rory Gallagher, Owens, Mcgrath, Mcclucskey,Paul Brewster
Mccluskey is on the radio today for the first time
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on August 12, 2018, 10:59:32 AM
The Galway football supporter! For another year at least.

Ye had your chances and didn't take them. And yes, I was shouting you on everytime.

And what chances were them. Name one time since 2013 that Mayo were leading coming into the home stretch and you could say they are nearly there now?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on October 26, 2018, 10:36:40 AM
Sligo defender Charlie Harrison has announced his inter-county retirement at the age of 36.

The St John's clubman made his senior debut for the Yeats County in 2006 and won a Connacht SFC medal the following year. He was captain when Sligo reached the provincial final again in 2010 after beating both Mayo and Galway, only to suffer a surprise defeat in the decider to Roscommon. Harrison did, however, have the consolation of becoming only Sligo's fourth-ever All Star recipient that year.

“I’ll miss playing at the highest level, being the best you can be against the best and knowing you can compete," he said in an interview with the Irish Times.

"Come championship time when you’re in your best shape and you’ve worked hard to sharpen your skills and you get to compete against the best players in the country – I’m going to miss that.”

Employed by the GAA as national co-ordinator of the Cúl Camps summer training programme, Harrison will continue to line out at club level.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: AZOffaly on October 26, 2018, 02:03:30 PM
George Hannigan the Tipp footballer also retired recently. A great servant. Always good with his time for the young lads as well. Best of luck George.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tippabu on November 06, 2018, 09:40:05 AM
George Hannigan the Tipp footballer also retired recently. A great servant. Always good with his time for the young lads as well. Best of luck George.

Will be a big loss around the panel, can see in getting back involved at some stage in some other non playing role. Still no word on Philly Austin, would love him to give it another year. That's all we lost from last year and couple of good additions....hopefully 1 or 2 more
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Owen Brannigan on November 26, 2018, 08:51:59 PM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: armaghniac on November 27, 2018, 12:46:43 AM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)

Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.
His role in bringing the Abbey to the Hogan cup will be long remembered among educated people.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on November 27, 2018, 09:25:23 AM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)

Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.
His role in bringing the Abbey to the Hogan cup will be long remembered among educated people.
I think that is why the GAA is so special. Local heroes
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rufus T Firefly on November 27, 2018, 09:36:41 AM
Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.

Agreed - but still a class player. Was a leading figure in our Minor Team that beat Down in the 2005 Ulster Final on a scorching day in front of a crowd of over 60,000. That Down team would go on to All Ireland glory.

Kevin was also a leading figure on our team that reached the 2014 All Ireland quarter-final.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: lurganblue on November 27, 2018, 09:45:59 AM
Kevin Dyas - county retirement

https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/ (https://www.irishnews.com/sport/2018/11/24/news/kevin-dyas-calls-time-on-injury-ravaged-armagh-career-1492405/)

Sorry that Dyas was never long enough fit to reach his full potential.
His role in bringing the Abbey to the Hogan cup will be long remembered among educated people.

Did some damage to us in a county semi final and the replay one year when he was just a cub. A shame that potential was never fully realised. I wonder does he regret going to Australia in the end as i believe that was the beginning of his serious injuries.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on December 06, 2018, 10:06:01 AM
Mark Lynch has announced his retirement from inter-county football. A brilliant servant to Derry. Played everywhere from 6-15 and in his prime would have got on any team in Ireland. Scored 1-8 in Derry's division 1 win over Dublin in 2014.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rodney trotter on December 06, 2018, 10:33:49 AM
He was a good player to watch, very direct. A similar build to Michael Murphy. Don't think he ever featured on the International Rules squads, which was surprising , as their was players of lesser ability on some of the squads.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: oakleaflad on December 06, 2018, 01:27:40 PM
Mark Lynch was some servant to Derry. Won an All-Ireland minor championship at No.6 as an U-16 in 2002. Played minor and senior championship on the same day in '04. Played like a man possessed the day he kicked 1-08 against Dublin. He won National leagues at Div 1 & 2 but probably deserved more.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: spuds on December 06, 2018, 02:13:03 PM
Best of luck to Mark Lynch in his stepping away from Derry, 1st name would look for whenever they played. Hard to credit still only 32.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dire Ear on December 06, 2018, 03:23:13 PM
Best of luck to Mark Lynch in his stepping away from Derry, 1st name would look for whenever they played. Hard to credit still only 32.
Played the game fair and hard; all the best to him, from a Tyronie.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Joe Mc Nallys Ballsack on December 06, 2018, 09:38:36 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: JoG2 on December 06, 2018, 09:47:36 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

Send on the statement Joe til I get a read at it. Thanks
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Orchard park on December 06, 2018, 10:05:12 PM
The Future is now the past, shows how old we are getting
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: rosnarun on December 06, 2018, 11:27:42 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Joe Mc Nallys Ballsack on December 07, 2018, 12:15:31 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trueblue1234 on December 07, 2018, 08:47:30 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
People obviously do care, otherwise it wouldn't be mentioned. If you don't care, just ignore. I'd prob avoid going into a thread called retirements in that case though...
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on December 07, 2018, 08:57:08 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
People obviously do care, otherwise it wouldn't be mentioned. If you don't care, just ignore. I'd prob avoid going into a thread called retirements in that case though...


lol
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: spuds on December 07, 2018, 09:16:39 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st

I'd have said ego maybe. I think it's a complete load of bollox . Because ultimately unless you're in the top 5 percent no-one gives a bollox really

Hand the jersey on and move on . Again elitism ..
People obviously do care, otherwise it wouldn't be mentioned. If you don't care, just ignore. I'd prob avoid going into a thread called retirements in that case though...

 ;D very good. Think no harm to announce finishing up with county team, saying you are retiring has connotation of being paid but most likely just using same wording as professional sports people. To follow the retiring example it could be said plenty of players were sacked or relieved of their duties.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: seafoid on December 07, 2018, 09:28:03 AM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.

probably as a mark of respect to all their supporters who otherwise would be wondering where they are or whether or not they were just dropped. and give them an opportunity to thank all the people who have helped them on the way
that or rampant egomania . probably the 1st
For supporters the retirement of a favourite player can feel like the end of an era . I felt like that when Padraic Joyce retired.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: From the Bunker on December 07, 2018, 10:21:41 AM
Announcing a retirement is also doing the incumbent Intercounty Manager a service. It is making it clear that you are no longer available publicly and clears up the whispers in the background. It also clears up the situation for your club. Some are told they are no longer needed and retirement avoids the hurtful questions of being dropped or no longer needed.

To be fair, not all intercounty players get the chance to announce retirement publicly. A lot are dropped or fade out of panel during their inter-county career.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: mrdeeds on December 07, 2018, 10:47:23 AM
I can't wait for Seanie Johnson to announce his retirement from Cavan again.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dire Ear on December 07, 2018, 11:00:06 AM
Who's retired the most,  or is the answer above?  ;)
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on December 07, 2018, 05:22:16 PM
Why do GAA players have to announce retirement statements ?

Never understand this . It's not  a professional game.
Retirements are not only tied up to a professional game.

Only a few GAA players give statements when they retire. In the main county board PROs announce players retirements and wish them well in their future endeavors and i see no problem with that because over the years they have given great service to their county teams.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on March 21, 2019, 09:40:30 AM
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: trailer on March 21, 2019, 09:46:22 AM
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Saw that. Controversial enough figure I suppose.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: toby47 on March 21, 2019, 09:53:47 AM
Cathal McCarron retired this morning.

Saw that. Controversial enough figure I suppose.

A very good defender aswell
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Aaron Boone on March 21, 2019, 10:43:30 AM
A real boost for Athy. Still a classy player at club level.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dinny Breen on March 21, 2019, 11:42:58 AM
A real boost for Athy. Still a classy player at club level.

If he was available for Athy in the Kildare SFC final last year it might have made the difference, they only lost by 3 points.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Cunny Funt on May 01, 2019, 02:17:20 PM
Paul Flynn great team player at his peak. Decent honours list with 4 All Stars, 5 NFL titles,10 Leinster titles and 6 All Ireland crowns won.

His statement

"After 12 proud years wearing the Dublin jersey I have made the difficult decision to step away from the Dublin football panel. It’s an enormous privilege to play for your county and I feel incredibly lucky and proud that I got to play for Dublin for as long as I have. Dublin football has played a huge part in my life and I will be forever grateful for all that it has given me.

"I was honoured to train and play alongside exceptional teammates week in week out, to have enjoyed the support of extraordinary managers over the years and to have had the support of dedicated, world class backroom teams. I’m grateful for all that they’ve taught me over the years and for the lifelong friendships that I made along the way.

"My football career started and ended with the support of my club, my family and my friends and to them I am eternally grateful.

"Since my back surgery last year I’ve struggled to reach the fitness required for inter county and to reach the standards that I set for myself. While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day.

"I’ve loved every minute of my journey with Dublin football and to have played in front of its dedicated and passionate supporters has allowed me to make memories that I will cherish forever. I move on now with gratitude to the next chapter of my life."
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Wildweasel74 on May 01, 2019, 10:07:39 PM
A real f**king footballer who was a class apart both on and off the field. Why he not stay out the Yr with the Dublin going for 5 in a row is strange, as he be one of the 5 subs coming off the bench bad back or not.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: dublin7 on May 01, 2019, 10:12:10 PM
A real f**king footballer who was a class apart both on and off the field. Why he not stay out the Yr with the Dublin going for 5 in a row is strange, as he be a one of the 5 subs coming off the bench bad back or not.
He has struggled with injuries the last few season and has lost his pace. He went off injured for his club during the week and probably deicided he'd had enough. One of the best players in the country in the early part of the decade and won 4 All Stars in a row.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Lar Naparka on May 01, 2019, 10:47:40 PM
He's a class apart. He would have stood out if he played for any other county at any time. He seems to be a decent individual as well because I don't think I ever heard anything negative about him. I wish him well in retirement.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Tyrdub on May 02, 2019, 09:06:44 AM
A class act on and off the field, possibly one of the best wing half forwards to have played, great work ethic and could score as well. Managers dream player
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: tonto1888 on May 02, 2019, 09:53:41 AM
A fantastic player. A shame we won’t be seeing him come the summer. Has he stopped completely or just stepping away from dublin
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on May 02, 2019, 11:39:38 AM
Another good one departing the County scene.
Best of luck to him.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: GetOverTheBar on May 02, 2019, 12:12:59 PM
He's a class apart. He would have stood out if he played for any other county at any time. He seems to be a decent individual as well because I don't think I ever heard anything negative about him. I wish him well in retirement.

+1
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: macdanger2 on May 02, 2019, 02:13:46 PM
Class player, good luck to him in retirement. Injury probably hampered him in the last couple of years but was brilliant in his day
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Dinny Breen on May 02, 2019, 02:38:23 PM
Great player. Great attitude.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on May 16, 2019, 02:05:38 PM
Emlyn Mulligan packs in the County game.
The knees he says.
One of Leitrim's finest.
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on May 16, 2019, 02:06:45 PM
Emlyn Mulligan packs in the County game.
The knees he says.
One of Leitrim's finest.

Has called time for this summer but i don't think he has retired yet?
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Rossfan on May 16, 2019, 02:48:35 PM
He said he's  "calling it quits" so I think it's goidbye
Title: Re: Retirements
Post by: Blowitupref on May 16, 2019, 03:46:50 PM
He said he's  "calling it quits" so I think it's goidbye

He has said publicly he hasn't retired yet but will Hyland pick him next year after walking away now?