Paul Flynn- While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day
Dublin manager Jim Gavin has payed tribute to long serving player Paul Flynn who announced his retirement from inter-county Football this morning.
After 12 illustrious years playing for Dublin the Fingallians man called it a day this morning stating since surgery on his back last year he has struggled to reach the required fitness levels for inter-county football or the standards his sets himself.
Jim Gavin in a statement released on the official Dublin GAA website www.dublingaa.ie payed tribute to Flynn’s longevity, commitment and sacrifice to Dublin and the impact he had on Gaelic football as a whole.
Below is Jim Gavin’s full statement.
On behalf of the Dublin Senior Football Team and the Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association I would like to wish the very best to Paul Flynn as he announces his retirement from senior inter-county football.
Paul has had a long and distinguished inter-county career representing the county of Dublin. His collection of medals and awards is a testament to the impact he has had on our Gaelic games.
An outstanding leader, Paul inspired those around him by his determination, self-sacrifice and commitment to his sport – all focused on the team being the best that it could be.
Paul is an outstanding individual and gentleman and he is an immense credit to his family, friends and club Fingallians CLG and I wish him well in all his future endeavours.
Guím gach rath agus beannacht ort agus an turas nua atá romhat amach anseo.
– Jim Gavin
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Paul Flynn made his debut for Dublin on the 5th of January 2008 in Parnell Park against Wicklow in the O’Byrne. His League debut was against Westmeath again in Parnell Park on the 2nd of February 2008 with a goal from Flynn helping Dublin to a first round win on a scoreline of 1-07 to 1-05.
Flynn made his championship debut against the same opposition on the 29th of June 2008 in the Leinster Championship Semi Final with Dublin again the victors by 0-13 to 1-08.
The rest as they say is history, Paul Flynn went on to establish himself as a permanent member of the Dublin half forward line and along the way he has won 6 All Ireland titles, 10 Leinster titles, 5 National Football League titles and won 4 All Stars Awards between 2011 and 2014.
Paul was as tough as they came, immensely strong, physical and the one of the finest fielders of a ball in the game, Flynn was also one of the best long range free takers to grace the game, he brought an incredible level of fitness, intensity and physicality to the Dublin team and in the years to come when the topic of who were the best players to ever wear a Dublin Jersey are discussed, Flynner will be high on the list.
Success for Paul Flynn wasn’t just confined to the playing fields and in June 2018 he was appointed as the chief executive of the Gaelic Players Association.
But he missed a large part of the 2018 season due to a back injury which required surgery and was an unused substitute in the 2018 All Ireland Final. That back injury though hasn’t cleared up sufficiently and the 32 year old Flynn who sets such high standards for himself has decided that due to the injury can’t get back to the levels needed to continue playing at inter-county football and as he said in his statement released this morning, “While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day.”
Below is the Paul Flynn’s full statement.
After 12 proud years wearing the Dublin jersey I have made the difficult decision to step away from the Dublin football panel.
It’s an enormous privilege to play for your county and I feel incredibly lucky and proud that I got to play for Dublin for as long as I have. Dublin football has played a huge part in my life and I will be forever grateful for all that it has given me.
I was honoured to train and play alongside exceptional teammates week in week out, to have enjoyed the support of extraordinary managers over the years and to have had the support of dedicated, world class backroom teams.
I’m grateful for all that they’ve taught me over the years and for the lifelong friendships that I made along the way.
My football career started and ended with the support of my club, my family and my friends and to them I am eternally grateful.
Since my back surgery last year I’ve struggled to reach the fitness required for inter county and to reach the standards that I set for myself. While my heart says play on unfortunately my body says it’s time to call it a day.
I’ve loved every minute of my journey with Dublin football and to have played in front of its dedicated and passionate supporters has allowed me to make memories that I will cherish forever. I move on now with gratitude to the next chapter of my life.
– Paul Flynn
On behalf of everyone here at We Are Dublin GAA we would like to thank Paul for his unbelievable commitment and sacrifice to Dublin over the years, the class, humility, honour and pride he brought to the Dublin jersey, the wonderful days he bestowed on the Dublin supporters that will live long in the memory and the pride he brought to the county.
We would like to wish Paul all the best in his retirement and the very best of luck in his future endeavors. Áth Cliath Abú