Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly this evening announced his retirement from the inter-county game.
Connolly retires aged 33 having won six All-Ireland titles with Dublin. He is also a two-time All-Star and won 10 Leinster titles and four National Leagues. He had been a member of the Dublin senior panel since 2007.
"I have come to the decision to retire from representing Dublin GAA at inter county level," Connolly said in a statement released through Dublin GAA.
"I have been fortunate enough to play with an incredible group of players and I have cherished memories for life.
"Throughout my journey with Dublin, I was lucky to have shared it with an exceptional collection of friends who displayed unwavering support and loyalty to me during my time.
"I would like to thank my club, St Vincent's GAA and the Dublin County Board for giving me the opportunity to represent Dublin from underage to senior level. There was always a strong relationship between the county board, the teams and players and this had a notable influence on how we performed.
"To all the Dublin senior management, support and medical teams that coached, treated and helped me throughout my fantastic journey -THANK YOU .
"To my parents, my family and my friends - thank you for supporting me and always believing in me. You gave no strength along my journey.
"Finally, I would like to express my eternal appreciation to the incredibly loyal, passionate and devoted Dublin supporters, who were always there for us, no matter the score. You will always hold a special place in my heart.
"Thanks for the memories.
Connolly has called time on his career just a fortnight before the inter-county season is due to restart.
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