Published: 11:45 | 1/10/20

Connolly calls time on Dublin career


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

The 33-year-old St Vincent's forward made the announcement last night and is the third Dublin player to retire from the inter-county scene in recent weeks following similar decisions from Darren Daly and Jack McCaffrey.

The news comes just over a fortnight before Dessie Farrell's Dublin outfit resume their Allianz League duties against Meath at Parnell Park on Saturday, October 17th (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 6.30pm).  

"I have come to the decision to retire from representing Dublin GAA at inter-county level," Connolly said in a statement on the Dublin county board's official website.

"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.

"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."

Considered one of the greatest players ever to pull on a Dublin shirt, Connolly was a firm fan favourite. 

He made his inter-county debut back in 2007 and bows out with six All-Ireland-winning medals, ten Leinster and four Allianz Leagues titles along with two All-Star nominations.

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