Sunday 19 January 2020

Tributes pour in as Cork GAA legend Valerie Mulcahy announces her retirement

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One of the greatest ever ladies footballers, Valerie Mulcahy, has brought the curtain down on her illustrious career.

The 10-time All-Ireland winner, who scored seven points in last September's victory over Dublin, has decided to focus on other aspects of her life after a playing career which yielded a total of 31 senior titles, including nine Division One NFL titles, 10 Munster Senior Championship medals, a Jim Kennedy Cup title and a Division Two NFL medal.

“I have decided to retire after a great career,” Mulcahy told Marty Morrissey in an interview on RTÉ's Nationwide.

“I have thought long and hard about it, my gut feeling is that I have achieved what I wanted to achieve out of the sport. I am quite content leaving the sport now.

“When I was in it, it was all consuming, so I am going to try and enjoy other aspects of my life now and look at the girls from the stand.”

The 33-year-old, who works as a PE teacher in Gaelcoláiste Mhuire in Cork, has been working as an executive member of the Women’s Gaelic Players’ Association (WGPA) in its very first year in existence and will continue to do so.

Chairperson of the WGPA Aoife Lane paid tribute to her achievements.

“Valerie has left an incredible legacy as a ladies footballer, but her value extends way beyond the pitch. From a WGPA perspective, she led our movement right from the outset and stepped forward as a supporter of a players’ voice.

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“Her own journey showed us that a player is also a person who faces challenges like any other and who sometimes needs help in their day-to-day life. This helped to vindicate our support line and also our focus on the personal and professional development of WGPA members.

“Valerie is a fantastic role model for young people and will be a brilliant ambassador for us as we move more into this space with organisations like Headstrong.

"Personally, a highlight of the WGPA has been getting to know Val and the other five players who have led the way for camogie and ladies football. She is great company, great fun and is always her own person, and the WGPA and I will be backing her in all that lies ahead."

Mulcahy will continue to play junior football with her club Rockbán and will have greater time to devote to her wife, Meg Blyth, whom she married last summer.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media:

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