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Crossmaglen Rangers Legend Paul Hearty Retires After 23-Year Career

Crossmaglen Rangers Legend Paul Hearty Retires After 23-Year Career
By Daniel Kelly

It's the end of an era in Crossmaglen.

Goalkeeper Paul Hearty has announced his retirement from gaelic football after a career that ran through three separate decades. The 39-year-old was part of all six of Crossmaglen's All-Ireland winning sides from 1997 to 2012.

Hearty stepped away from the inter-county game in 2012, but continued to play for Crossmaglen until their elimination from the Armagh Championship at the semi-final stage last weekend.

At club level alone, Hearty won 19 Armagh Championships, 11 Ulster Club Championships and 6 All-Ireland Club medals. He also impressed with Armagh at county level.

He was on the bench for their 2002 All-Ireland win and won a further five Ulster Championships. It was some career.

The goalkeeper confirmed his decision to step away from the game on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Hearty began his career with his home side as a 16-year-old, and paid special thanks to Joe Kernan "who had the courage" to do so, in the quest for a County title.

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The retirement comes as Crossmaglen failed failed to win the Armagh Championship for the second year in a row. It's the first time the side have had that 'drought' since their gap of 1986 to 1996 without a County title.

Hearty will retire as a legend of the club game. Those goals in Crossmaglen wont be the same ever again.

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