Ballyboden Duo Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin have retired from the Dublin Senior Set Up
We’ve already seen Dublin hurling stalwarts Ryan O’Dwyer and Johnny McCaffrey step away from the Dublin Senior Hurling team. And today two more popular figures have decided to move on and end their time with the panel.
Dublin are currently going through a very comprehensive honeymoon period under new manager Mattie. They’re now three for three in the Walsh Cup after their 1-18 to 1-16 victory over Laois. And have now set up a mouth watering tie against Galway this Sunday in Parnell Park.
With more players still to return to the frey, particularly the contingency from Ballyboden St. Endas, it’s come as surprise to see both Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin announce their retirement. Maguire was Dublin’s Number 1 keeper for many years since 2004. But with Alan Nolan returning to action last season, and Sean Brennan being favoured as understudy, it seems Gary has decided now to move on.
In a statement earlier Gary paid tribute to past managers. And he expressed his best wishes to Mattie Kenny for the years ahead.
Official Statement from Gary Maguire
“I want to announce my retirement from inter county hurling and the Dublin Senior team. It has been a huge part of my life since my debut season for the senior team between the posts in 2004. In a career that I have got some great enjoyment out of, I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout my lengthy and eventful career, especially my family and club Ballyboden St. Endas.
I want to thank all my past managers, I have learned a lot from each one. Thanks to John Costello and a special acknowledgement to Ray Finn our trusted kit man who always went out of his way to have everything you might need especially as a goalkeeper. Thanks to the GPA for their assistance over the years.
Thanks to all my teamates who I hurled with over the years and my own group of friends outside of intercounty hurling who always kept me grounded throughout. I was fortunate enough to experience some great days with the Dubs during the Dalo years and will take those special memories with me. I retire with no regrets and I am content knowing I gave it my best. I want to thank my wife Orla for her support and patience along the journey.
Lastly I wish Mattie Kenny along with Micky McCullough and the lads the very best of luck for the coming season.
Durkin joins Maguire in retirement
Sharing almost 30 years experience between them, club and county team mate Shane Durkin also called time on his tenure. Shane, along with Gary were part of team that saw massive success under Anthony Daly. They won the National League in 2011 and the Leinster Senior Championship in 2013. Shane called time on his inter county career before. But he returned after the appointment of Pat Gilroy as manager last year.