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Sunday 15 September 2019

Former Ireland international Darren O'Dea announces his retirement

Darren O'Dea has retired
Darren O'Dea has retired
Darren O'Dea playing for Ireland

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Former Ireland international Darren O'Dea has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

The ex-Celtic man, who also played in England, Ukraine, India and in Canada/USA, had been with SPL side Dundee, but following their relegation from Scotland's top flight he has decided to hang up his boots and focus on a coaching career.

"I've decided to retire from full-time football at the end of the season," he said.

"It has been a difficult decision as I feel I have plenty left in the tank but my passion in life is now in another part of football – coaching.

"My path in coaching started four years ago and I've become obsessed with it. It's a career I can't wait to begin."

A product of Home Farm, O'Dea began his senior career with Celtic, where highlights included Champions League appearances against AC Milan, and he won two SPL titles with the Bhoys.

He made his senior Ireland debut in 2009 and was capped 20 times.

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