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Dublin defender Philly McMahon retires from inter county football

Dublin's eight time All Ireland winner Philly McMahon has announced on social media that he is re...



Dublin defender Philly McMahon...
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Dublin defender Philly McMahon retires from inter county football

Dublin's eight time All Ireland winner Philly McMahon has announced on social media that he is retiring from the inter county game. 

The Ballymun Kickhams clubman won his first Sam Maguire Cup in blue back in 2011, collecting his last Celtic Cross in 2020.

The 34 year old was the recipient of two All-Star Awards and was part of 11 Leinster football title winning teams and six National League winning sides.

His last appearance came in August's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.

McMahon - who has also enjoyed success at club level having won two Dublin SFC titles as well as a Leinster crown - released the following statement.

"From kicking my ball against the flats of Ballymun, to kicking the ball over the bar in Croke Park, it's time to pass the Dublin jersey on.

"14 years since my intercounty debut, I could never begin to imagine the journey that would unfold in front of me.

"The journey would not have been possible without the support of the Dublin County Board, the thankless work and support of the back room teams.

"The incredible coaching from selectors, in particular Dec Darcy, who has had such an influential impact on my career on and off the pitch.

"The managers Paul Caffrey, Pat Gilroy, Jim Gavin and Dessie Farrell, who all believed in me - thank you!

"To my teammates, the battles, the wins, the losses and special friendships that have been forged forever - thank you!

"It has been an incredible journey, one I will never forget. You gave me a purpose in life, to use sport as a platform to help others that are struggling in life, like my brother John did. You have helped me keep his name alive.

"I'm so lucky and proud to have been shaped by my community, Ballymun. Thank you to everyone within my community that has supported me during my Dublin football journey, I am forever grateful.

"My journey began in Ballymun Kickhams, encouraged by a passionate footballer, Paddy Christie. I am forever grateful for the energy you recognised in me as a young kid and how it could be used on the pitch. Without your support on and off the pitch, I would not have achieved what I have today.

"It has been an honour to represent my club, wearing the sky blue jersey, I hope I made you proud.

"To my late Dad Phil and Mam Val, thank you for every opportunity you gave me, it was all worth it.

"Thank you to my extended family, close friends and work colleagues from Bedo7 and Nutriquick for endless support on and off the pitch.

"To my wife Sarah, thank you for all the support you gave me throughout my career, I will be forever grateful for the sacrifices you have made.

"Lastly to the blue army, what I will miss the most, walking the pitch of Croke Park soaking in your energy, your infectious roars, passionate singing and the unforgettable vibrations of Croke Park!!

"Thank you!

"Yup the flats!!!"

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