Diarmuid Connolly announces retirement from GAA

Diarmuid Connolly has announced that he is retiring.

The St Vincent's club man was a major cog in the unstoppable Dublin machine as they secured the historic five-in-a-row.

He exits with six All-Irelands, ten Leinster titles, four National Football Leagues and two All-Stars.

Having made his debut in 2007, Connolly appeared in all but one of the seasons since for the Dubs.

That was during a sabbatical in 2018 - though he still played for Donegal Boston in the States.

"I have come to the decision to retire from representing Dublin GAA at inter-county level," the 33-year-old said in a statement

"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.

"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 concluded.