Kevin McManamon announces his retirement from inter-county football

Kevin McManamon retirement

Dublin veteran Kevin McManamon has announced his retirement from inter-county football after 12 seasons with his county’s senior football panel.

McManamon first played for Dublin in 2010, and won eight All-Ireland Football Championship titles, 11 Leinster Football Championship titles and six Allianz League Division One titles during his career.

In a long and storied playing career, his defining moment is perhaps the late crucial goal he scored against Kerry in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final, in a game that has gone down in history as one the best in the sport’s history.

The 34-year-old released a statement through Dublin GAA, announcing that he had played for his county for the final time.

Kevin McManamon announces his inter-county retirement.

“Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey…..

“After 12 seasons with the Dublin Senior Team I have decided to announce my retirement from inter-county football. It has been an absolute privilege to represent my county, fulfil my childhood dream and I feel so proud that my playing days have lasted so long and brought so much joy.

“I am grateful for the support of the Dublin County board, the GPA, countless managers, selectors, friends and backroom staff who have helped me over the years. In particular, Pat Gilroy, Jim Gavin and Dessie Farrell have been inspirational leaders, have backed me in their own way and have all helped me grow as a footballer and a person.

“To my teammates, it has been an incredible journey and I am so proud of the friendships, the stories and the memories we have made over the years.

‘I’ll never forget the roars, the excitement, the beautiful moments.’

“St Jude’s GAA club has been a rock upon which I was able to build a career and it has been an honour to represent the club on the inter county stage. So many clubmates and volunteers have helped me and without men like Padraic Monaghan and Damien Carroll it is unlikely I would have had the career I did.

“To my parents Maxie and Josie and brothers Bren and Sean – your support and love has been unwavering, and I am forever grateful. Each of you have inspired me to be the best I can be and given me all the tools to grow in every area of my life.

“Finally, to the Dublin supporters, I’ll never forget the roars, the excitement, those beautiful moments when Croke Park was rocking and the feeling that you had our teams back wherever we went around the country. I truly admire your passion for supporting our team and I’m looking forward to joining you in future.”

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