Sunday 17 November 2019

'His influence both on and off the field was immense' - Jim Gavin hails Eoghan O'Gara after Dublin departure

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara wheels away after scoring his side’s second goal with Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan looking forlorn on the ground. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara wheels away after scoring his side’s second goal with Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan looking forlorn on the ground. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

Jim Gavin has singled out the bravery and self-sacrifice of Eoghan O’Gara following yesterday’s inter-county retirement of the Dublin powerhouse forward. 

O’Gara’s final match-day squad involvement under Gavin was crowned by a fisted injury-time goal in the Super 8s victory away to Tyrone in early August. 

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And even though the 34-year-old veteran had become a more peripheral member of the Dublin this season, their manager was quick to salute his contribution over the past decade. 

"On behalf of the Dublin senior football team and the Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association, I would like to wish the very best to Eoghan O’Gara as he announces his retirement from senior inter-county football," Gavin said in a statement released via the Dublin GAA website. 

Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile
Jim Gavin. Photo: Sportsfile

"Eoghan’s collection of medals reflects the distinguished inter-county career he had representing Dublin. His influence both on and off the field was immense with his passion and self-sacrifice for Dublin reverberating around those players with whom he played.  

"Brave and driven, Eoghan honed his footballing skills with countless hours of practice on the training field - all centred on serving Dublin to the best of his ability and playing his part for the team. 

"A true gentleman and an exceptional man, Eoghan is a credit to his family, friends and club, Templeogue Synge Street CLG, and I wish him well in all his future pursuits and endeavours," Gavin added. 

"Guím gach rath agus beannacht ort agus an turas nua atá romhat amach anseo."

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