Sunday 19 January 2020

Dual star Conal Keaney calls time on his Dublin career

Conal Keaney, Dublin, celebrates after scoring a goal
Conal Keaney, Dublin, celebrates after scoring a goal

Frank Roche

CONAL KEANEY has played his last game of hurling for Dublin.

The 33-year-old dual star (r), whose eventful county career between hurling and football spanned 15 seasons, today announced his retirement in an exclusive interview with The Herald.

Keaney’s future had been shrouded in doubt for months, while he was propelling Ballyboden St Enda’s to the All-Ireland club football summit, but he has now confirmed his departure from Ger Cunningham’s Sky Blue panel.

He cited several factors, including family commitments; the focus required for his two business ventures, Phoenix Park Bikes and CP Adventure; and the passage of time. 

“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. And with the commitment you need for inter-county, you need to be giving it 100pc,” Keaney explained.

“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. “And just off the field, things happened last year that I wasn’t really overly comfortable with, and now is probably the right time to step aside. That’s three or four or five reasons, and if you have one reason it’s probably enough to go.” 


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