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Stepping Away And Retirements (Early)

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Hardly an early retirement but Keaney is a huge loss to Dublin and will be missed by many other supporters around the country. Always gave 100% and unlucky not to win an All Star in the few years Dublin hurling was going good under Daly. Very talented physically huge and always a warrior. Thanks for the memories, especially in the 2011 League campaign.

BlueBeret (Dublin) - Posts: 35 - 19/04/2021 23:53:42    2337963

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In Ladies football Noelle Healy (Dublin) announced her retirement. Another great footballer.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2687 - 20/04/2021 09:04:37    2337971

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Another great dual player bows out today. Conal Kearney retires after great service to Dublin in both codes. A player I always enjoyed watching him play. I felt sorry he left the football before winning an all ireland but at least he won a club all ireland with Ballyboden. Wishing him all the best in retirement. A great example to kids."
His fielding was outstanding. I admire him more for opting to stick with the hurlers.

Suas Sios (None) - Posts: 1504 - 20/04/2021 09:56:56    2337979

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Replying To Suas Sios:  "His fielding was outstanding. I admire him more for opting to stick with the hurlers."
I agree with you that he is to be commended for staying the course with the hurlers when he could have stayed kicking football. Others had just as much hurling talent but opted for the football while he opted for hurling and stayed the course.
Hugely physical and this was clearly shown in that great photo in the club game where he and John Small shouldered each other in Parnell and where he again hit totally by accident an Eire Og defender in the Leinster Club final in O Moore Park.
A great competitor and intelligent distributor of the ball especially as he got older.
Dublin had an absolutely outstanding warrior
in Conal Keaney. He will be.missed for his leadership also. Happy retirement to Conal.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1630 - 20/04/2021 16:43:21    2338063

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Keaney was a great servant and wish him all the best in his retirement.
His point v Kilkenny in 2011 will stick long in the memory of those Dubs lucky enough to see that game.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2312 - 20/04/2021 20:30:15    2338109

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Peter Crowley (Kerry) retires today also. Best of luck to him in his retirement. A solid player at his best.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2687 - 20/04/2021 22:39:44    2338139

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Keaney was always great to watch, blessed with huge frame and had great vision, in both codes. He will be missed by Dublin hurlers, great servant to Dublin hurling, I remember his motorbike accident but came back from that.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 4727 - 23/04/2021 00:23:27    2338471

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Ciarán Sheehan (Cork) has retired due to persistent knee injury. Ciarán might not be a household name but when he came on the scene first as a 19 year old he had everything. Went to Oz for a few years and came back but has has been so unlucky with injuries he never got back to where he was. Glad he won an all ireland in 2010.Best of luck to him in his retirement

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2687 - 22/06/2021 09:24:25    2352532

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Ciarán Sheehan (Cork) has retired due to persistent knee injury. Ciarán might not be a household name but when he came on the scene first as a 19 year old he had everything. Went to Oz for a few years and came back but has has been so unlucky with injuries he never got back to where he was. Glad he won an all ireland in 2010.Best of luck to him in his retirement"
Cork had many many stars over the years, in all sectors of the pitch, no more than any other, once they dont win an All Ireland (or more than 1) they seem to be forgotten about outside their own counties...such is life..Cork could field a possible team to compete with Dublin from all their teams over the last 15 years or so...it happens..they have a chap midfield now a fair haired chap, wears the socks pulled up the whole time, reminds me of David Moran of Kerry or our own engine in years gone by Ciarain McManus, hes one of the best footballers outside of Dublin and Kerry I seen in recent times..but..if Cork dont win, the turn over in Cork is high..people wont remember him in a few years if he steps away...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 862 - 24/06/2021 15:17:09    2353098

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All the best to Ciarán Sheehan in his retirement, it's a pity injuries plagued his football career, no Cork players with an allireland senior medal now in hurling or football as far as I know, are Cadogan and Walsh playing for the hurlers still?

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 13454 - 24/06/2021 16:21:02    2353113

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "Cork had many many stars over the years, in all sectors of the pitch, no more than any other, once they dont win an All Ireland (or more than 1) they seem to be forgotten about outside their own counties...such is life..Cork could field a possible team to compete with Dublin from all their teams over the last 15 years or so...it happens..they have a chap midfield now a fair haired chap, wears the socks pulled up the whole time, reminds me of David Moran of Kerry or our own engine in years gone by Ciarain McManus, hes one of the best footballers outside of Dublin and Kerry I seen in recent times..but..if Cork dont win, the turn over in Cork is high..people wont remember him in a few years if he steps away..."
Oh yes Fairplay Ciarán McManus was a powerhouse. A real top class midfielder. One if the best. That Cork lad you on about is Ian Maguire. Another excellent midfielder.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2687 - 24/06/2021 16:50:52    2353121

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Oh yes Fairplay Ciarán McManus was a powerhouse. A real top class midfielder. One if the best. That Cork lad you on about is Ian Maguire. Another excellent midfielder."
I saw Georoid Hegarty roast Ian Maguire in an u21 football game a few years back, if Hegarty and William O'Donaghue were still playing football they would be up there with the top midfield pairs in the country.

DUALSUPPORT (Limerick) - Posts: 1033 - 24/06/2021 16:59:33    2353123

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Replying To DUALSUPPORT:  "I saw Georoid Hegarty roast Ian Maguire in an u21 football game a few years back, if Hegarty and William O'Donaghue were still playing football they would be up there with the top midfield pairs in the country."
I can't comment as I never saw him play football but Limerick have produced some brilliant midfielders in football like Jason Stokes John Quane and John Galvin

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2687 - 24/06/2021 18:06:42    2353142

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "I can't comment as I never saw him play football but Limerick have produced some brilliant midfielders in football like Jason Stokes John Quane and John Galvin"
He was a fantastic midfielder and brilliant fielder of the ball. He could run it too and get you scores and would have being every bit as good as John Galvin and John Quane.

DUALSUPPORT (Limerick) - Posts: 1033 - 25/06/2021 15:36:05    2353317

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "I can't comment as I never saw him play football but Limerick have produced some brilliant midfielders in football like Jason Stokes John Quane and John Galvin"
Donal Fitzgibbon and Paddy Barrett (1980-early 90s) two other magnificent Limerick footballers (and Mick Aherne before them, mid-1970s).

Barrett made one of those international squads to play the Aussies. He played club with Clonakilty in Cork, and was arguably the best club player in all of Cork (at a time when Cork could win AIs), even into his late 30's. Barrett was a pure ball of steel.

Fitzgibbon at full-forward, kicked 3-4 from play one day for Munster, when he'd the good supply of the ball coming in from the Kerry lads. It's a testament to how good Fitzgibbon was, when you'd Kerry lads saying at the time that they'd trade Bomber Liston for him. He played with Parnells in Dublin and regularly made the Blue All-Stars club team.

Mick Ahearne played four years in a row at wing forward for Munster (1973 to 76, afaik) in the Railway Cup. He was a classy operator.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 658 - 25/06/2021 15:50:45    2353318

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Donal Fitzgibbon and Paddy Barrett (1980-early 90s) two other magnificent Limerick footballers (and Mick Aherne before them, mid-1970s).

Barrett made one of those international squads to play the Aussies. He played club with Clonakilty in Cork, and was arguably the best club player in all of Cork (at a time when Cork could win AIs), even into his late 30's. Barrett was a pure ball of steel.

Fitzgibbon at full-forward, kicked 3-4 from play one day for Munster, when he'd the good supply of the ball coming in from the Kerry lads. It's a testament to how good Fitzgibbon was, when you'd Kerry lads saying at the time that they'd trade Bomber Liston for him. He played with Parnells in Dublin and regularly made the Blue All-Stars club team.

Mick Ahearne played four years in a row at wing forward for Munster (1973 to 76, afaik) in the Railway Cup. He was a classy operator."
I think Donal Fitzgibbon hurled as well if I rememer right, and was a good player when Limerick were being ruled by Cork in the early to mid 1980s in Munster...leave it to Terremce "Spider" Kenny....

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 862 - 25/06/2021 16:34:34    2353333

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Donal Fitzgibbon and Paddy Barrett (1980-early 90s) two other magnificent Limerick footballers (and Mick Aherne before them, mid-1970s).

Barrett made one of those international squads to play the Aussies. He played club with Clonakilty in Cork, and was arguably the best club player in all of Cork (at a time when Cork could win AIs), even into his late 30's. Barrett was a pure ball of steel.

Fitzgibbon at full-forward, kicked 3-4 from play one day for Munster, when he'd the good supply of the ball coming in from the Kerry lads. It's a testament to how good Fitzgibbon was, when you'd Kerry lads saying at the time that they'd trade Bomber Liston for him. He played with Parnells in Dublin and regularly made the Blue All-Stars club team.

Mick Ahearne played four years in a row at wing forward for Munster (1973 to 76, afaik) in the Railway Cup. He was a classy operator."
Again Forever you are a fountain of knowledge my friend.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 2687 - 25/06/2021 17:43:13    2353347

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "Oh yes Fairplay Ciarán McManus was a powerhouse. A real top class midfielder. One if the best. That Cork lad you on about is Ian Maguire. Another excellent midfielder."
Ciarán McManus was the closest player to Jack O'Se I have seen.

Gaa Fan (USA) - Posts: 600 - 25/06/2021 19:21:34    2353361

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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Donal Fitzgibbon and Paddy Barrett (1980-early 90s) two other magnificent Limerick footballers (and Mick Aherne before them, mid-1970s).

Barrett made one of those international squads to play the Aussies. He played club with Clonakilty in Cork, and was arguably the best club player in all of Cork (at a time when Cork could win AIs), even into his late 30's. Barrett was a pure ball of steel.

Fitzgibbon at full-forward, kicked 3-4 from play one day for Munster, when he'd the good supply of the ball coming in from the Kerry lads. It's a testament to how good Fitzgibbon was, when you'd Kerry lads saying at the time that they'd trade Bomber Liston for him. He played with Parnells in Dublin and regularly made the Blue All-Stars club team.

Mick Ahearne played four years in a row at wing forward for Munster (1973 to 76, afaik) in the Railway Cup. He was a classy operator."
I work with a former Limerick player from that era, he rated Donal Fitzgibbon, Paddy Barrett and Paddy Ivess very highly. Also Philip Danaher and Dan Larkin 2 Munster rugby players played for Limerick at that time which wasn't uncommon. But anyway he felt there could have being more got out of that team but they were treated 2nd class to the hurlers. He told me the hurlers and footballers use to train in Mary immaculate College and after training sessions the hurlers would get steak dinners and the footballers would get corned beef sandwiches and a bottle of milk.

DUALSUPPORT (Limerick) - Posts: 1033 - 25/06/2021 21:00:33    2353385

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Philip Danaher: Played under age for Kerry. Tremendous athlete, from Abbyfeale, house built on the Kerry d side of the river.

Gaa Fan (USA) - Posts: 600 - 25/06/2021 23:40:17    2353405

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