Kerry star Aidan O’Mahony has retired from intercounty football after a remarkably successful career.
The Rathmore clubman won five All-Ireland titles with the Kingdom, and his career in the famous green and gold will always be remembered as a hugely successful one.
In a statement via the county board, O’Mahony spoke of his pride at representing the county.
“Today I would like to announce my retirement. I feel the time is now appropriate for me to step away from the Kerry team.
“It’s been an absolute honour for me to wear the green and gold jersey for Kerry for the past 14 years at senior level and I leave having great respect for all the talented players I have shared my footballing career with. I am extremely grateful for all the support my teammates gave me down through the years and I have made friendships for life.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to represent my Club (Rathmore), County, Province and Country over the years. It was an honour to share the dressing room with such brilliant players throughout the last 14 years with Kerry. I have utmost respect for every player whom I have played against as we all put on our county colours with a common goal in mind.
“I would like to thank the managers whom I have trained under with Kerry from Minor and Under 21 to Senior level. I will be forever appreciative for the belief you have all shown in me.
“Thanks to the Kerry supporters who travel far and wide every year for both League and Championship.
“I would like to thank An Garda Sióchana for their consistent support in facilitating my involvement with the Kerry team.
“Finally, I would like to thank my family for their encouragement and ongoing support over the years.
“Today is the beginning of something new!!!”
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) January 23, 2017
What a competitor for club and county @GmailMahony was. Fearless, brave and with a will to win that matched any player I have come across
— Eoin Brosnan (@brosnaneoin) January 23, 2017
Best wishes to @GmailMahony on his retirement. A fantastic career. A ferocious warrior for the green and gold for 14 years. Good luck Aidan!
— Sean O Sullivan (@SeanTheBawn) January 23, 2017