Dublin’s Noelle Healy ends her glittering 17 year inter-county career with five senior All Ireland titles, ten Leinster titles and four All-Star Awards
Dublin’s Noelle Healy announced yesterday her retirement from the inter-county scene after a glittering 17 year spell in the Sky Blue Jersey.
The jet heeled St Brigids forward will be fondly remembered as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the game of ladies football and an inspiration for those that follow and a true ambassador of the game.
Noelle hangs up her inter-county boots having won every honour the game had to offer including five Senior All Ireland titles, ten senior Leinster titles, one National Football League Division 1 title, two NFL Division 2 titles and four All-Star Awards.
Healy was lightning quick, one of the best ball carriers in the game, had a super engine and was a clinical finisher. Noelle was also one of the nicest people you could meet in the game and was always extremely generous with her time for the media and supporters.
Noelle’s Dublin teammates took to social media yesterday to express their thanks not just for her feats as an incredible athlete and footballer on the field of play but also their love for her and the great friend she was off it.
Incredible athlete on the field and a great friend off it – who also gives the best hugs! You definitely left the @dublinladiesg jersey in a better place. Thanks for the memories @NoelleHealy and here’s to creating many more 🙌🏻 💙 pic.twitter.com/vT1SZzw1nm
— Sinead Goldrick (@Goldieface) April 19, 2021
Only this really sums it up 💙…but here goes.
Thanks for the unbelievable memories, the craic, the heart on and off the pitch and always a shoulder to lighten or lift the load. A privilege to play alongside a special talent and person 💯
For the last time… a #cleanpairofheals pic.twitter.com/47tyXc93Ng
— Sinead Aherne (@sinead_aherne) April 20, 2021
The role of any inter-county footballer is to leave the jersey in a better place when they call it a day and Noelle certainly did that and more. She has left some absolutely huge boots to fill.
Ourselves here at We Are Dublin GAA would like to say a big, huge thank you to Noelle for all of the memories over the years, for always been so accommodating with her time for interviews including last December in the freezing cold in Croke Park after the All Ireland final.
We will miss you gracing the fields of play going forward, will miss your insightful interviews and warm welcome and wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.
Below is a statement released by the Dublin LGFA
Dublin’s Noelle Healy has announced her retirement from Inter County football.
Healy at just seventeen years of age made her senior County debut for Dublin back in 2007 and now departs the Inter County stage having won every honour in Ladies football.
Noelle Healy, who is a member of St Brigid’s GAA club, is an Anaesthetist at St Vincents hospital in Dublin and has been one of many working on the frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
During her prestigious career, Healy has won five TG4 Senior All Irelands, 10 Leinster senior championships, one NFL Div 1 medal along with two NFL Div 2 titles, four All Star awards and was Dublin captain in 2016.
One of her finest performances for Dublin came in the 2017 All Ireland victory over Mayo which earned a tenacious Noelle Healy the TG4 Player of the Match accolade. She would finish the season with a third All Star Award as well as being voted by her peers as the Players Player of the Year.
Having played a huge role in Dublin winning their fourth All Ireland title in a row versus Cork on the 20th of December last, Healy was subsequently named at corner forward on the TG4 2020 Team of the Championship when the panel was revealed in February this year.
Noelle Healy is one of a handful of Dublin players who have to their name All Ireland winners medals at U14, U16, Minor and Senior grades. She added a senior club All Ireland winners medal to her haul back in 2019 when she played for Mourneabbey having relocated to Cork for work.
Noelle Healy has been one of the most inspirational, talented footballers to have donned the sky blue jersey and an amazing ambassador for Ladies Gaelic football not only in Dublin but at national level.
Reflecting on her career Noelle Healy said – “Its been beyond a dream to have represented Dublin at all age groups for the last 17 years, in both successes and failures.
Thank you to all the management teams I’ve had the honour of learning from and the teammates I’ve had the pleasure of playing with. I’m lucky that many of them I’m able to call great friends too.
My very best wishes to the squad in coming seasons, no doubt they will continue to go from strength to strength!”
Everyone in Dublin LGFA would like to wish Noelle all the very best in her retirement. We will look back on her time in sky blue with the fondest of memories.
(TG4 All Ireland winner, 2010, 2017-2020, NFL Div 1 winner 2018, NFL Div 2 winner 2008, 2011, Leinster SFC winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013-2019, All Star Award winner 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)