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Declan Retires

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Declan O'Sullivan announces his retirement from Intercounty Football

Declan O'Sullivan, who has announced his retirement from inter-county scene, does so having won every honour available to him with his beloved Kerry during a senior intercounty career that stretches back to 2003.

O'Sullivan, who made his championship debut against Tipperary in 2003, has the distinction of being one of only 8 players to lift the Sam Maguire more than once (2006 and 2007) following in the footsteps of fellow Kerrymen such as Dick Fitzgerald, John Joe Sheehy and Joe Barrett. In all he made 70 Championship appearances for Kerry, the last of which was in the recent All Ireland defeat of Donegal when he was introduced as a second half sub to win his fifth Celtic Cross. He won three consecutive GAA All Stars between 2007 and 2009. Though plagued with injury this year he still played an outstanding role in Kerry's championship success and few will forget his display in the Munster final defeat of Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in July. Declan also has the distinction of lining out in every position on the forward line for Kerry in senior championship.
On the Club scene he was no less successful winning County and Munster Junior medals and four senior county championship titles with divisional side South Kerry.
O'Sullivan's retirement sees him follow in the footsteps of such fellow legends as Tomás Ó Sé, Eoin Brosnan and Paul Galvin all of whom have hung up their boots in the past year.

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 5002 - 19/11/2014 08:42:24    1673229


I've been watching and playing ball for many years and I have never seen a 40 yard man like him, his best asset was his strength on the ball, he was very very hard to disposes once in possession. I always felt that his companionship with Galvin on the field two was unique, they both appeared to bring the best out of each other.

One class class player still think even though he was in the twilight of his career the display against Cork this year was one of his ever best I a Kerry jersey. Thanks Declan I had man great weekends in Cork and Dublin because of you and that great team of the mid 2000's

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 5002 - 19/11/2014 10:14:05    1673266


What a player Declan was. Declan was the complete player in my eyes. He could shoot off either foot and pick a killer pass. He will be missed but what a way to bow out. Thanks for memories and enjoy your retirement from the green and gold jersey. You will be missed.

kerry74 (Kerry) - Posts: 1354 - 19/11/2014 13:57:40    1673363


Happy retirement Dec, one of my favourite players ever to wear the green and gold, a true legend, thanks for the memories.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12165 - 19/11/2014 17:49:34    1673436


Legned, artist, warrior...

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 5927 - 20/11/2014 14:29:33    1673685


Declan OSullivan what a player loved watching him play second best player after Gooch in my view

thestrapper49 (Louth) - Posts: 213 - 20/11/2014 16:00:33    1673728


Gutted to see him gone. Personally my favourite Kerry player of the modern era. A truly great Kerry football player. Thanks you Declan!

Kingdomson (Kerry) - Posts: 235 - 20/11/2014 20:16:30    1673840


Excellent interview in Indo today:

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 5002 - 23/12/2014 08:32:46    1679852


Great interview horse, I missed terrace talk yesterday evening where weeshie was interviewing him.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12165 - 23/12/2014 13:13:09    1679891


Ya me too, the joys of work, but at least it should be on the pod cast.

Horsebox77 (Kerry) - Posts: 5002 - 23/12/2014 14:08:15    1679900


Didn't know they had a podcast, sweet ;-) that's my Christmas Day sorted that and Sam 2014 :-)

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 12165 - 23/12/2014 17:35:44    1679922