Thursday 26 April 2018

End of the Rainbow

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Anthony Rainbow has called time on the longest existing career in inter-county Gaelic games. The Kildare football stalwart has let it be known to colleagues that he is bringing to an end a 20-year association with the county team.

Rainbow made his debut in the league in the autumn of 1990 and made his championship debut in 1992. He remained an integral part of Kieran McGeeney's panel over the last three seasons despite a dearth of game time.

Rainbow played in Kildare's last All-Ireland final appearance in 1998 and on his day was one of the game's most dashing wing-backs. He will be 39 in October, the oldest inter-county player this season. He may also be joined by his Suncroft club-mate Killian Brennan, who is also understood to be considering his future.

The focus will also be on Dermot Earley, who had his troubles with a serious knee injury for much of the summer and didn't feature on Sunday. Earley has been a member of the Kildare squad since 1997 and will be 34 next summer.

Irish Independent

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