Philly McMahon calls time on his inter-county career 5 months ago

Philly McMahon calls time on his inter-county career

"Thank you! Yup the flats!!! Philly."

Philly McMahon has had a career as glittering as the shine of his hugely impressive trophy haul.

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Eight All-Irelands, 12 Leinster titles, five National League crowns, and two All-Stars isn't a bad return for an inter-county footballer.

The Ballymun defender has been involved with the Dublin senior panel since 2008, and has today announced on social media that he will be retiring from county football.

"From kicking my ball against the flats of Ballymun, to kicking the ball over the bar in Croke Park, it's time to pass the Dublin jersey on," McMahon said.

"14 years since my intercounty debut, I could never begin to imagine the journey that would unfold in front of me.

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"The journey would not have been possible without the support of the Dublin County Board, the thankless work and support of the backroom teams.

"The incredible coaching from selectors, in particular Dec Darcy, who has had such an influential impact on my career on and off the pitch.

"The managers Paul Caffrey, Pat Gilroy, Jim Gavin and Dessie Farrell, who all believed in me - thank you!

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"To my teammates, the battles, the wins, the losses and special friendships that have been forged forever - thank you!

"It has been an incredible journey, one I will never forget. You gave me a purpose in life, to use sport as a platform to help others that are struggling in life, like my brother John did. You have helped me keep his name alive.

"I'm so lucky and proud to have been shaped by my community, Ballymun. Thank you to everyone within my community that has supported me during my Dublin football journey, I am forever grateful."

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Philly McMahon's club Ballymun Kickhams, played a huge role in his inter-county success.

Every GAA player understands that a county career can't happen without the support and guidance of their club.

"My journey began in Ballymun Kickhams, encouraged by a passionate footballer, Paddy Christie. I am forever grateful for the energy you recognised in me as a young kid and how it could be used on the pitch. Without your support on and off the pitch, I would not have achieved what I have today.

"It has been an honour to represent my club, wearing the sky blue jersey, I hope I made you proud.

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"To my late Dad Phil and Mam Val, thank you for every opportunity you gave me, it was all worth it.

"Thank you to my extended family, close friends and work colleagues from Bedo7 and Nutriquick for endless support on and off the pitch.

"To my wife Sarah, thank you for all the support you gave me throughout my career, I will be forever grateful for the sacrifices you have made.

"Lastly to the blue army, what I will miss the most, walking the pitch of Croke Park soaking in your energy, your infectious roars, passionate singing and the unforgettable vibrations of Croke Park!!

"Thank you! Yup the flats!!! Philly."