Sunday 18 August 2019

Galway ace Donnellan calls time on county career

Cyril Donnellan. Photo: Sportsfile
Cyril Donnellan. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Galway will start the defence of their All-Ireland title without the experience of Cyril Donnellan after he announced his retirement from the inter-county game.

The Pádraig Pearses clubman was part of the Tribesmen panel that finally secured Liam MacCarthy in September and after ten seasons, he has called time on his Galway career.

The 32-year-old made his championship debut under Ger Loughnane in 2008 and went on to make 35 championship appearances, scoring 6-33, and he finishes up having won two Leinster titles (2012 and 2017), two league titles (2010 and 2017), a Fitzgibbon Cup along as well as his All-Ireland medal.

Grabbed Arguably his best display for Galway in championship came when the county won their first Leinster title in 2012 when he grabbed 0-5 against Kilkenny.

Meanwhile, Derry GAA has been plunged into mourning following the passing of Frank Kearney.

Kearney managed the county to back-to-back Ulster titles in 1975-'76, with a county board statement describing him as "the general for a supremely talented generation of Derry footballers".

"Derry GAA are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Frank Kearney. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Philomena, daughter Sinéad, sons Aidan, Olcán and Jarlath, his wider family circle and all at Watty Graham's GAA, Glen," the board statement said.

"Our back-to-back Ulster SFC winning manager in 1975-1976, a selector in 1998, Frank Kearney was an innovative and forward-thinking coach. His influence over the modern history of Derry football is massive."

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