Aidan O’Mahony has called time on his inter county football career, after spending over ten years at the top of his game.
The 36-year-old joined Kerry’s GAA team in 2004 and went on to play in 70 Championship and 85 League games with the county – but now he’s decided his reign has to come to an end.
The five-time All Ireland winner announced that he will be retiring from inter county football on the Kerry GAA website today.
“Today I would like to announce my retirement. I feel the time is now appropriate for me to step away from the Kerry team,” he said.
“It’s been an absolute honour for me to wear the green and gold jersey for Kerry for the past 14 years at senior level and I leave having great respect for all the talented players I have shared my footballing career with. I am extremely grateful for all the support my teammates gave me down through the years and I have made friendships for life.
“I have been incredibly fortunate to represent my Club (Rathmore), County, Province and Country over the years. It was an honour to share the dressing room with such brilliant players throughout the last 14 years with Kerry. I have utmost respect for every player whom I have played against as we all put on our county colours with a common goal in mind.
“I would like to thank the managers whom I have trained under with Kerry from Minor and Under 21 to Senior level. I will be forever appreciative for the belief you have all shown in me,” he continued.
“Thanks to the Kerry supporters who travel far and wide every year for both League and Championship. I would like to thank An Garda Sióchana for their consistent support in facilitating my involvement with the Kerry team.
“Finally, I would like to thank my family for their encouragement and ongoing support over the years.
“Today is the beginning of something new!”
Aidan is currently taking part in RTE’s Dancing with the Stars and had said last week that the show’s gruelling rehearsal schedule may have an impact on his decision to commit to the Kerry team for another year.
We’ve no doubt he will be sorely missed!