Dublin All-Star Dean Rock announces retirement

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Dean Rock, Dublin’s all-time record points scorer, has announced that he will be hanging up his boots.

He released a statement in which he shared his decision to retire from inter-county football.

It’s definitely a blow to Dublin GAA fans.

Dean made his debut on the pitch in 2009. Over the course of his GAA career, he has won eight All-Ireland medals, 12 Leinster senior football championships, six National Leagues, three All-Stars, and an All-Ireland under-21 win.


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What an incredible career.

His statement read: “The time has come for me to hang up the Blue jersey & end my playing career with the Dublin Senior Football team.

“I now step aside fulfilled, knowing that I made the most of the opportunity that was given to me. What started as a young boy’s dream in the back garden to eventually living my dream of representing Dublin is something I take immense pride from.

“The last 16 years playing for Dublin GAA would not have been possible without the care & support of so many.


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“I would like to thank the Dublin county board staff, coaches & officials for all they do & all they have done for me throughout the years.

“To my own club Ballymun Kickhams. I am forever grateful to all the managers, coaches & players who nurtured my love of the game. I look forward to working alongside all club members in helping to develop the next generation in the years to come.

“To the Dublin supporters, thank you for always bringing the noise & unwavering support wherever we went. It was always a great source of strength to me & the team.”

He continued by thanking his wife Niamh who also played for the Dublin Ladies team, and his daughter Sadie.

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“To my incredible family who always had my back no matter what – thank you for your love, loyalty & encouragement. I hope I made you proud & that you got as much joy from the last number of years as I did,” he went on to say.

“A special mention to my Mam & Dad who are the main reason that I got the opportunity in the first place. Your constant support & belief in me never waned. You taught me to always pursue my dream & you inspired me to chase it.

“To my wife Niamh, your unconditional love helped me through the ups and downs over the years & I am excited about what the future holds. Having our daughter Sadie on the pitch after last year’s All Ireland final is one of my proudest moments.


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“Finally, to the many Dublin teammates, managers, coaches, performance staff, medical staff & support staff – I’ve made special memories with each one of you from our time together that I will cherish forever. Thank you for your devotion to Dublin GAA & giving it your all.

“To Dessie, James & all the lads the very best of luck for the season ahead. With every ending there is a new beginning. I look forward to seeing what that will bring. Thank you.”

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