Stalwart Kerry defender, Aidan O’Mahony, has today called time on his long and honours laden intercounty career. That’s how the Kerry GAA website relayed Aidan O’Mahony’s retirement announcement this morning.
Five All-Ireland Medals
“The Rathmore clubman, winner of five All Ireland senior medals, made his championship debut in the green and gold in 2004 against Clare and went on to play 70 championship games for his county in a career spanning fourteen years the last of which was in the pulsating All Ireland semi final against Dublin back in August of last year.
85 League Games for Kerry
“In addition he played 85 League games for the county.
“O’Mahony endeared himself to the Kingdom’s supporters down through the years with his total commitment to the green and gold jersey and will be another familiar face missing when Kerry commence the new season in earnest in two weeks time.”
Along with the announcement are statements from the major figures in Kerry football today including one from the man of the moment:
Statement by Aidan O’Mahony
“Today I would like to announce my retirement. I feel the time is now appropriate for me to step away from the Kerry team.
“It’s been an absolute honour for me to wear the green and gold jersey for Kerry for the past 14 years at senior level and I leave having great respect for all the talented players I have shared my footballing career with.
“I am extremely grateful for all the support my teammates gave me down through the years and I have made friendships for life.”
Cllr. Niall Kelleher’s tribute:
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Aidan for his great service to Kerry football, congratulate him on his many successes with the team and to wish him every good luck in the future.
Aidan has been a driving force in Kerry football for thirteen years and has demonstrated immense skill, strength and determination and on and off the field. Despite facing difficult injuries he overcame the odds to get back out on the field.
As a Rathmore man I am extremely proud of Aidan’s achievements at both club and county level and look forward to his continued involvement in the sport and donning of the Rathmore colours. I wish him and Denise all the best”
See the Full Report on the Kerry GAA Website
For much more and statements on this morning’s news of Aidan O’Mahony’s retirement see the Kerry GAA website with a click here: http://www.kerrygaa.ie
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