Wednesday 23 August 2017

Donegal's 759 all out

Donegal's Christy Toye Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Donegal's Christy Toye Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Neil Gallagher's retirement means that since the end of the 2016 season, Donegal have lost five stars who have made well in excess of 100 appearances for the county.

Gallagher signed off after a career that saw him play 140 times for Donegal, joining Christy Toye (163), Eamon McGee (154) and Rory Kavanagh (132) in retirement along with Colm McFadden, who tops the county's all-time appearance list on 170 games. That quintet played for the county 759 times between them.

Another long-serving star, David Walsh, also brought the curtain down on his career.

Along with losing those veterans, Odhrán Mac Niallais, Anthony Thompson and Leo McLoone have all decided to withdraw from the squad due to various reasons, leaving manager Rory Gallagher with an extensive rebuilding project on his hands.

Irish Independent

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