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Kevin McLoughlin Announces Retirement From Intercounty Football

Kevin McLoughlin Announces Retirement From Intercounty Football
Eoin Harrington
By Eoin Harrington
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The Mayo stalwarts of the 2010s continue to exit stage left, with Kevin McLoughlin the latest star to announce his retirement from intercounty football.

The knockmore forward has been part of the Mayo setup since making his debut in the National League campaign of 2009, and started each of the six All-Ireland finals the county reached between 2012 and 2021.

McLoughlin boasts six winners' medals from the Connacht senior football championship, from a decorated career at intercounty level which saw him chalk up 6-71 in championship football in green and red.

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Mayo stalwart Kevin McLoughlin announces retirement

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26 June 2022; Kevin McLoughlin of Mayo with his daughter Saorla, aged 1, after the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Kerry and Mayo at Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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In a statement released via Mayo GAA, Kevin McLoughlin thanked his coaches, teammates, and the Mayo supporters. He reserved a special mention for his family and, in particular, his wife Deirdre for their unending suppport:

Over the past 15 years, it has been a privilege to represent Mayo. I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has been part of this journey. I thank all the managers who guided me through my Mayo career. I am lucky to have played with amazing team-mates.

The camaraderie and tightness of the group is something special. It has been a privilege to fight alongside all of them. I will miss the craic we shared and the battles we fought together.

I am grateful to Knockmore GAA Club for all they did to develop me as a footballer, particularly in my early years.

My employers, Rice College, Westport, have been ever supportive over the last number of years which enabled me to continue playing at the highest level.

To my parents Kevin and Margaret, and my entire family, thank you for the sacrifices and guidance throughout my career. To my incredible wife, Deirdre, our children Saorla, Odhran and Cadhla - Deirdre, in particular, made many sacrifices throughout my career. Without her unwavering support I would not have played for Mayo as long as I did - I am forever grateful.

Thank you to the amazing Mayo supporters. Your enduring support has made representing Mayo truly special. Whether it was MacHale Park or Croke Park those loud passionate roars are something I will always remember. I wish the team every success in 2024 and beyond. I look forward to cheering them on from the stands.

McLoughlin is the latest of the Mayo team which reached six All-Ireland finals in the 2010s and early 2020s to announce his retirement, after Lee Keegan did likewise ahead of 2023.

It would not be a surprise to see more of the most experienced players in the squad depart ahead of the 2024 intercounty season, as the winds of change blow in Mayo.


Featured image: Sportsfile

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