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Longest serving GAA players

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Dick Clerkin was the longest serving GAA player before he retired. I believe Sligo Mark Breheny is now. Any idea's of who's chasing Breheny?

Toney (Meath) - 01/11/2016 16:13:53    1930704

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Well Sean Cavanagh made his debut in 2002 so hopefully next year will be his 15th year with the panel

downredhand (Tyrone) - 01/11/2016 17:00:07    1930713

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Cluxton? I think his first full season was 2002

keithlemon (Australia) - 01/11/2016 17:18:06    1930717

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Cluxton started out in 2001

witnof (Dublin) - 01/11/2016 17:24:16    1930719

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I maybe wrong but I think that Mickey Linden holds the record of 22 years, followed by Colm O'Rourke on 21 years. Has Andy Mallon from Armagh not being togging out for them since 2001 also? How long is Andy Moran representing Mayo?

David (Meath) - 01/11/2016 20:57:49    1930775

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Gooch was also 2002

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - 01/11/2016 21:13:05    1930778

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Don't be surprised if somewhere like Kilkenny have footballers playing into their 40's under the radar. That's a complete guess. Probably a similar story with some hurlers with less traditional hurling counties.

Tacaí Liatroma (Leitrim) - 01/11/2016 21:42:06    1930785

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Replying To David:  "I maybe wrong but I think that Mickey Linden holds the record of 22 years, followed by Colm O'Rourke on 21 years. Has Andy Mallon from Armagh not being togging out for them since 2001 also? How long is Andy Moran representing Mayo?"
Andy Mallon made championship debut in 03. Andy Moran 04.

Gael85 (Dublin) - 01/11/2016 22:19:51    1930793

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Id imagine Sean Cavanagh would be up there to, maybe Alan Dillon if he soldiers on next year?

Douglas_Hyde (Roscommon) - 01/11/2016 22:27:58    1930797

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https://www.balls.ie/gaa/longest-serving-county-players-350436/350436 Any more than on this list?

Breffni39 (Cavan) - 02/11/2016 10:20:05    1930837

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I assume this tread means longest serving county player. You have long serving county players who end up playing senior club football for a considerably longer time and you have county players in the past who prolonged their county years by playing little league football. I think that Mickey Linden is the longest at senior county level and he continued for a good few years at senior club level. Colm O'Rourke played senior inter county from 1975 to 1995 and continued playing for about 2 years after at club level.

browncows (Meath) - 02/11/2016 11:17:32    1930855

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Replying To Douglas_Hyde:  "Id imagine Sean Cavanagh would be up there to, maybe Alan Dillon if he soldiers on next year?"
Aye Sean kavanagh , a. Dillon .. Andy Moran surely ?

GameOfTyrones (Tyrone) - 02/11/2016 12:40:22    1930876

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Replying To David:  "I maybe wrong but I think that Mickey Linden holds the record of 22 years, followed by Colm O'Rourke on 21 years. Has Andy Mallon from Armagh not being togging out for them since 2001 also? How long is Andy Moran representing Mayo?"
tony browne 1991 - 2014 , 23 years

juniorjudge (Waterford) - 02/11/2016 13:00:25    1930883

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Ryan McCluskey from Fermanagh has been on the go since 2001 i think

Erne12 (Fermanagh) - 02/11/2016 13:16:58    1930895

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Replying To browncows:  "I assume this tread means longest serving county player. You have long serving county players who end up playing senior club football for a considerably longer time and you have county players in the past who prolonged their county years by playing little league football. I think that Mickey Linden is the longest at senior county level and he continued for a good few years at senior club level. Colm O'Rourke played senior inter county from 1975 to 1995 and continued playing for about 2 years after at club level."
Sorry meant to add at inter-county level.

Toney (Meath) - 02/11/2016 13:27:23    1930900

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In hurling it would possibly be Tony Browne followed by maybe John Fenton (1987 and retired in1975). I think that Sean Cavanagh played his first game against Armagh in 2002. It would be more interesting to be able to name the player who had the longest spell of continuous games with their county without a break (resting or injury) . Some of the players being mentioned as having long playing careers had long lay offs due to injury.

browncows (Meath) - 02/11/2016 13:31:08    1930902

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Yeah I think Christy Toye is the 2nd longest but in saying that he had 2 years out when he was injured.

dstuction (Donegal) - 02/11/2016 13:43:32    1930905

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Correction! -I obviously put John Fenton term wrong way around as he obviously did not retire before he started - many would fall into that category. Fenton started in 1975 and retired in 1987.

browncows (Meath) - 02/11/2016 15:32:33    1930944

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Replying To juniorjudge:  "tony browne 1991 - 2014 , 23 years"
I don't think Tony Browne actually played in 2014, he played none of the league, then announced his retirement in April. It's a bit dodgy to include it in his inter county career.

CastleBravo (Meath) - 02/11/2016 16:23:35    1930964

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Replying To CastleBravo:  "I don't think Tony Browne actually played in 2014, he played none of the league, then announced his retirement in April. It's a bit dodgy to include it in his inter county career."
You are correct as his last game was in July 2013 against Kilkenny when he came on as a sub aged 40 and he announced his retirement in 2014

browncows (Meath) - 02/11/2016 17:45:14    1930978

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