After twelve trophy laden seasons Kevin McManamon calls time on his Dublin career

Kevin McManamon in action during a game, Dublin Legend McManamon has announced his inter-county retirement.

Kevin McManamon has today announced his inter-county retirement after twelve years in the sky blue of Dublin.

During those trophy laden twelve years the St Judes flying forward won eight All Ireland titles, 11 Leinster titles and six division one national football league titles.

McManamon made his senior debut in 2010 under the management of Pat Gilroy. Kevin became a darling of the faithful on Hill 16 when he came off the bench in the 2011 All Ireland Final against Kerry and scored a stunning goal which was crucial in the Sam Maguire returning to the capital for the first time in sixteen years.

Both Pat Gilroy and his successor in the Dublin hot seat Jim Gavin used McManamon as a potent option off the bench and Kevin’s direct attacking style helped to turn the tide in many games that were in the balance and McManamon earned the title of super-sub.

Kevin wasn’t involved in this seasons championship as he was working with the Irish Olympic team in Tokyo.

McManamon turns 35 next week and will leave behind a stellar inter-county career that lit up many a day in GAA headquarters, Dublin fans will remember those days and Kevin’s contribution for years to come. Kevin thanks for the memories and best of luck in your future endeavours.

Below is a statement from Kevin McManamon

Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey…..

After 12 seasons with the Dublin Senior Team I have decided to announce my retirement from inter-county football. It has been an absolute privilege to represent my county, fulfil my childhood dream and I feel so proud that my playing days have lasted so long and brought so much joy.

I am grateful for the support of the Dublin County board, the GPA, countless managers, selectors, friends and backroom staff who have helped me over the years. In particular, Pat Gilroy, Jim Gavin and Dessie Farrell have been inspirational leaders, have backed me in their own way and have all helped me grow as a footballer and a person.

To my teammates, it has been an incredible journey and I am so proud of the friendships, the stories and the memories we have made over the years.

St Jude’s GAA club has been a rock upon which I was able to build a career and it has been an honour to represent the club on the inter county stage. So many clubmates and volunteers have helped me and without men like Padraic Monaghan and Damien Carroll it is unlikely I would have had the career I did.

To my parents Maxie and Josie and brothers Bren and Sean – your support and love has been unwavering, and I am forever grateful. Each of you have inspired me to be the best I can be and given me all the tools to grow in every area of my life.

Finally, to the Dublin supporters, I’ll never forget the roars, the excitement, those beautiful moments when Croke Park was rocking and the feeling that you had our teams back wherever we went around the country. I truly admire your passion for supporting our team and I’m looking forward to joining you in future.

Grá Mór

Kev Mc