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GAA Stars Pay Tribute To Kieran Donaghy Upon Retirement

GAA stars up and down the country have been paying tribute to Kerry forward, Kieran Donaghy after he announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Donaghy, or ‘Star’, as he was known by Kerry fans, won four All-Irelands and three All-Stars in a fourteen-year spell for the Kingdom.

His aggressive style of play, ability to pluck high balls from the air and take important scores at important times won the hearts of the Kerry faithful.

The 34-year-old was one of the undiscovered talents unearthed by TG4’s Underdogs series in 2004 and made his debut for Kerry in 2005. However, it was in 2006 when he made the full-forward position his own and was named Footballer of the Year as Kerry won the All Ireland.

Donaghy’s ‘big man, little man’ partnership with Colm Cooper would inspire Kerry to three more Championship titles, in 2007, 2009 and 2014.

Kieran Donaghy

 

In a statement on the Kerry GAA website, the Austin Stacks club man stated:

“The journey has been full of ups and downs but I never wanted it to end. It has surpassed even my wildest dreams, that a basketball kid from Tralee would end up playing 69 times in the championship over a 14 year period for the famous Green and Gold,” he said.

“To every one of my Kerry teammates who I was lucky enough to have played with, I thank you for your patience, help and advice during those years. I’m blessed to have had the time of my life with you boys fighting on my back trying to win games for Kerry. We had some tough times, such is life but the wonderful stories and memories we shared will stick with me forever.”

Donaghy also tweeted a poem, expressing his joy at going from a boy in the stands at Croke to playing for his county in All Ireland Finals.

GAA stars, along with former Rugby player Ronan O’Gara, have been paying tribute to Donaghy in statements and on Twitter.

Past and present Kerry stars have been taking to social media to pay tribute to Donaghy.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Kerry county board chairman Tim Murphy, called Donaghy “one of Kerry’s greatest servants”.

“He acted as a mentor and confidant to many of these new players and has successfully helped them understand what it really means to be a Kerry footballer.”

 

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Author: The PA Team

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