Saturday 21 July 2018

Keaney hangs up his boots after 15 years with the Dubs

Conal Keaney (SPORTSFILE)
Conal Keaney (SPORTSFILE)

Michael Verney

Conal Keaney has called time on his Dublin hurling career after 15 county seasons mixed between hurling and football.

The 33-year-old had an eventful Dublin senior career from 2001 to 2015 and having started out with hurling, he switched to the big ball, where he claimed five Leinster titles.

He returned to the hurling set-up in 2011, missing out on All-Ireland football success under Pat Gilroy, but his talents were immediately rewarded with a Division 1 title before the Dubs bridged a 62-year gap with Leinster success in 2013.

The dual star's future had been shrouded in doubt for months, while he was propelling Ballyboden St Enda's to the All-Ireland club football glory, a fitting reward for an outstanding player.

Citing family and business commitments, Keaney confirmed his retirement in a big blow to Ger Cunningham's 2016 squad.

"I've two young kids and I'm never really at home. I'm self-employed, I'm only after opening another new business, so time-wise it's hard to juggle it all," he explained.

"And with the commitment you need for inter-county, you need to be giving it 100pc, and realistically, I'm not getting any younger.

"It's probably a nice way, to finish it off on a high with the club winning the All-Ireland. Off the field, things happened last year that I just wasn't really overly comfortable with.

"Now is probably the right time to step aside. That's plenty of reasons, and if you have one reason then it's enough to go."

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