Saturday 31 January 2015

Paul Galvin announces shock retirement from GAA

Published 01/02/2014 | 21:15

Paul Galvin in action for Kerry
Paul with long-term girlfriend Louise Duffy

Kerry footballer Paul Galvin is retiring from inter county football, it has been confirmed.

Galvin (34) released a statement confirming the news tonight, after The Kingdom lost to Dublin.

Manager Eamon Fitzmaurice confirmed the news this evening at a press conference, prompting Galvin to release a statement explaining his reasons for retiring the green and gold jersey.

“I would like to sincerely thank the Kerry County Board and Kerry Group for their support over the years, the four managers I played under for placing their faith in me, my family, and of course, the proud Kerry supporters who demanded our best at all times," he began.

"There were days when you played with us too.

“More importantly I want to thank all my team-mates for your heart and friendship over the years. Standing my ground with you in the Kerry jersey was my privilege. I learned more from you than anyone and I am grateful for the opportunity I got to play with some of the best players to ever play the game."

Paul celebrates with teammate Kieran Donaghy after the final whistle of the 2006 All Ireland
In one of his earliest professional shots, Galvin on the pitch in 2000
Galvin is presented with his All Star Award in 2004
In May 1999, Kerry take on Westmeath
In 2010, he reacts after missing a chance of a goal
Paul celebrates a 'big win' in 2006 at a Hong Kong racecourse
Galvin in April 2013
In recent years, he's embarked on a career in fashion and become something of an unlikely style icon
Galvin was a secondary school teacher in Kerry
Galvin watches the final moment of the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship in 2012
He has been dating Today FM presenter Louise Duffy for two years
Galvin challenged by Cork's Paudie Kissane in 2013
Galvin lives with Louise in Dublin

He added: “Having discussed it with the management during the week we felt it best to announce it after tonights game.

“Finally I want to thank Eamon and wish him, the management team and my brothers on the Kerry team the very best luck for 2014.

“I am proud to say I won All Irelands for Kerry and I am satisfied that I gave the cause everything I had in me.

He was predicted to stay in the Kerry jersey for at least one more season and the news of his retirement has come as a surprise in the sporting community.

He has won four All Irelands as well as three All Stars throughout his lengthy career and was named Footballer of the Year in 2009.

Former GAA President Sean Kelly is one of the many who have honoured the star on Twitter.

"Wore his heart on his sleeve his jersey with pride Never complained. on everyone's team Thanks @pgal10 Retired but will always be in fashion," he said.

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