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Mick O'Dwyer Announces Retirement From Management

Mick O'Dwyer Announces Retirement From Management
By Conor Neville Updated

Mick O' Dwyer has announced his retirement from management after 60 years, both at underage and senior, after a career adorned with eight All-Ireland titles, 11 Munster championships and three Leinster titles.

Picture credit; Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

He guided the greatest Gaelic football team of all time to eight titles between 1975 and 1986, staying on for another few years as Cork started to get the better of them in Munster. He managed Kildare during their most successful spell in decades, winning two Leinster titles in 1998 and 2000. He became the go to man for unfashionable sides in Leinster during the 90s and 00s, and he guided Laois to a Leinster championship in 2003.

He enjoyed a few reasonably successful years in Wicklow before finishing up with Clare in the past two years.

And there was his stellar advertising career, blazing a trail for the rugby players who came later on. Micko, however, did not mess about with Lucozade Sport. He was the undoubted star of this fine RTE Milk advert from 1980. Milk doesn't get as many lavishly produced ads as this nowadays, but hear is 'Dwyer' skulling back glasses of milk while all around him are drinking porter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnO0t9LXJk4

He has been involved in numerous scraps down the years, notably when he was kidnapped by the 'West Wicklow hillbillies' - the South East's equivalent of the Baader-Meinhof gang - and would only be released on pain of a large donation to charity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnLNqJ-8Xho

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He told Radio Kerry this morning that he plans to do more fishing, play some golf and continue to help the GAA in any way he can.

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