EIGHT-TIME ALL-IRELAND winner Kevin McManamon has announced his retirement from inter-county football, calling time on his magnificent Dublin career at the age of 34.
“It has been an absolute privilege to represent my county, fulfil my childhood dream and I feel so proud that my playing days have lasted so long and brought so much joy,” the St Jude’s clubman said.
McManamon made his Dublin senior football debut under Pat Gilroy in 2010 and established himself as a familiar face in the Dubs’ unprecedented era of dominance.
His pivotal goal in the 2011 All-Ireland final against Kerry ignited the Dubs’ comeback and helped end the capital’s 16-year wait to lift Sam Maguire.
McManamon remained an ever-present in Dublin’s winning squads throughout the decade, adding a second Celtic Cross to his collection in 2013 and then as part of the historic six-in-a-row run from 2015-2020.
“Fare thee well sweet Anna Liffey,” McManamon wrote on Wednesday morning.
“After 12 seasons with the Dublin Senior Team I have decided to announce my retirement from inter-county football.
“It has been an absolute privilege to represent my county, fulfil my childhood dream and I feel so proud that my playing days have lasted so long and brought so much joy,” he added.
Kevin McManamon lifts the Sam Maguire Cup after Dublin’s 2015
All-Ireland Senior Championship final win over Kerry at Croke Park. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile