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Mossy calls time on Dubs

TOMáS Quinn yesterday announced his retirement from inter-county football, ending a 10-year association with the Dublin senior team.

The St Vincent's forward made his decision public via Twitter, stating: "It's been a childhood dream to play for Dublin for last 10 years, but time to go. It was a great journey & I loved every second #ÁthCliathAbú".

Quinn was first drafted into the Dublin panel in 2003 by Tommy Lyons and quickly established himself as the regular free-taker, keeping his starting spot right through Paul Caffrey's four-year tenure.

Starting opportunities were more limited under the management of his club-mate Pat Gilroy, however, and Quinn has now decided not to commit under new man Jim Gavin.

His retirement follows that of Paul Casey last week, while Quinn's club-mates Eamon Fennell and Michael Savage have both been cut adrift of the squad by Gavin after he met with the majority of last year's panel to discuss his plans for 2013.

The only other definite omission from the 2012 group is Ciarán Kilkenny, who will jet off to Australia in less than two weeks' time to begin pre-season training with AFL outfit Hawthorn.



Panel

Gavin is likely to add significantly to the panel, with St Brigid's goalkeeper Shane Supple already called up, while the in-form Dean Rock and Paul Mannion are also set to be given chances to establish themselves under the new regime.

Meanwhile, yesterday also saw the retirement of Cork legend Seán Óg Ó hAilpín after 16 years with the Rebels hurlers.

"I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling. This time it's for good," read a statement from the Na Piarsaigh man, released through the Gaelic Players Association.

Ó hAilpín was dropped from the Cork panel by Denis Walsh in October 2010 but recalled a year later by his replacement, Jimmy Barry-Murphy, and started four championship matches this season.

Indeed, Barry-Murphy expressed his wish that Ó hAilpín continue for another term in the immediate aftermath of Cork's All-Ireland semi-final exit to Galway.

"I always felt it was premature to end my career in 2010," continued the statement.



Immense

"It was great to get the opportunity this year to re-establish myself in the team and contribute in a meaningful way to Cork. I would like to thank all the players I played with over my 16-year career. I have always taken immense pride in wearing the Cork jersey."


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