Sligo's Mark Breheny hangs up his boots after 17 years of service
Sligo's Mark Breheny has retired from inter-county football after 17 years of service.
It was thought that the GAA's longest-serving player would give it one more year but he took to Twitter today to announce his retirement.
"After 17 great years of playing Senior inter-county football with @sligogaa I wish to announce my retirement," said Breheny said.
"It was always a huge privilege to represent Sligo at all levels. There were many highs and lows but I will always treasure the comradery I had with my team-mates.
"Huge thanks to all my underage coaches at my club St Marys, who inspired and encouraged me to play and fall in love with this wonderful game.
"I wish to thank the County Board, Sligo fans and all the management teams for their encouragement to me and commitment to Sligo football.
"I began this journey making my debut in Navan during a National League game in October 2000 and it seems fitting that last summer, this same venue serves as the location for my final Championship game wearing the black and white jersey.
"To my wife Caroline, family and friends for their unconditional support throughout my playing career. I send my very best wishes to the current Sligo panel for a successful year ahead.
"All great things must come to an end and I look forward to the next chapter! Thank you all."