'Legendary footballer, winner, role model' - Tributes pour in for Sean Cavanagh after retirement announcement
Sean Cavanagh's 16 year intercounty career came to an end on Sunday after the Moy Tír Na nÓg forward announced his retirement following Tyrone's 12 point defeat to Dublin at Croke Park.
Cavanagh's retirement brings an end to a remarkable career that saw the 34-year-old win medals at Ulster U18, All-Ireland U18, Ulster U21, McKenna Cup, League, Ulster and All-Ireland level.
A host of former players, journalists and officials paid tribute to the Omagh native who retires as five-time All Star with three All-Ireland medals.
My incredible journey ends. Blessed to have shared the highs & lows of our game with some amazing Gaels. Thanks for everything @officialgaa— Sean Cavanagh (@SeanCavanagh14) August 27, 2017
Last time the great Sean Cavanagh will grace Croke Park. One of my all time favourite footballers #SundayGame— Rory's Stories (@RorysStories) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh bows out. What a player & what a career. 👏👏👏— Steven McDonnell (@StevenMcD13) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh give us these— Tomás Colton (@TomasColton) August 27, 2017
Ulster Snr 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
All-Ireland Snr 🏆🏆🏆
Sad to see poignancy of Sean Cavanagh and family at end but few footballers have served their county & game so magnificently for so long. pic.twitter.com/NBa4pWJEIk— cliona foley (@ponyyelof) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh jogs off, ending one of the great inter-county careers. An incredible player in full flight.— Michael Foley (@MickFoley76) August 27, 2017
Kind gestures by the Dublin players towards Sean Cavanagh. Some of the crowd could have taken a leaf from their book. #GAA— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) August 27, 2017
Lot of Dublin players going up to Sean Cavanagh. Sad way for a great career to end. A true great.— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) August 27, 2017
Didn't end the way Sean Cavanagh would've wanted but what a career he has had. Brilliant player and interviewee— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) August 27, 2017
Sean Cavanagh has had a brilliant GAA career. Legendary footballer, winner, role model for youth and a great guy. 🏐— John Duggan (@JohnDugganSport) August 27, 2017