Sunday 18 August 2019

'He inspired those around him' - Jim Gavin pays tribute to Paul Flynn after Dublin star announces retirement

Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Paul Flynn prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final game between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin with Paul Flynn prior to the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final game between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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Jim Gavin has paid tribute to Paul Flynn's 'determination, self-sacrifice and commitment' after the Dublin star retired from inter-county football today.

Flynn has hung up his boots after 12 seasons in blue, with his failure to get back to full fitness following back surgery seeing him step aside.

The wing forward is one of the most decorated footballers in Gaelic football history, winning six All-Ireland championships, 10 Leinster titles and five National League crowns during his time with Dublin.

Flynn also became just the fourth player - after Kery legends Jack O'Shea, Pat Spillane and Paidi Ó Sé - to claim All Star awards in four successive seasons.

Dublin manager Jim Gavin, who coached Flynn for the majority of his career, heaped praise on the Fingallians man for his sterling service to the inter-county team.

"On behalf of the Dublin Senior Football Team and the Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association I would like to wish the very best to Paul Flynn as he announces his retirement from senior inter-county football," Gavin said.

"Paul has had a long and distinguished inter county career representing the county of Dublin. His collection of medals and awards is a testament to the impact he has had on our Gaelic games. An outstanding leader, Paul inspired those around him by his determination, self-sacrifice and commitment to his sport – all focused on the team being the best that it could be.

"Paul is an outstanding individual and gentleman and he is an immense credit to his family, friends and club Fingallians CLG and I wish him well in all his future endeavours."

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