Diarmuid Connolly confirms ret...


Diarmuid Connolly confirms retirement from inter-county football

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Diarmuid Connolly has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The St. Vincents clubman confirmed the news on social media late on Wednesday night.

The 33-year old forward won six All Ireland titles and a pair of All Stars since first joining the Dublin panel in 2007.

Connolly's decision comes five weeks before Dublin begin their Leinster Championship defence with a quarter-final against Westmeath.

He's just the latest in a string of players to step away from the Dublin panel since last year's All Ireland final replay win over Kerry.

Bernard Brogan, Darren Daly and Eoghan O'Gara are some of the others to retire from the inter-county game in the past twelve months.

Diarmuid Connolly statement: 

I have come to the decision to retire from representing Dublin GAA at inter county level.

I have been fortunate enough to play with an incredible group of players and I have cherished memories for life.

Throughout my journey with Dublin, I was lucky to have shared it with an exceptional collection of friends who displayed unwavering support and loyalty to me during my time.

I would like to thank my club, St Vincent's GAA and the Dublin County Board for giving me the opportunity to represent Dublin from underage to senior level.

There was always a strong relationship between the county board, the teams and players and this had a notable influence on how we performed.

To all the Dublin senior management, support and medical teams that coached, treated and helped me throughout my fantastic journey -THANK YOU .

To my parents, my family and my friends - thank you for supporting me and always believing in me. You gave me strength along my journey.

Finally, I would like to express my eternal appreciation to the incredibly loyal, passionate and devoted Dublin supporters, who were always there for us, no matter the score. You will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thanks for the memories. Diarmuid

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