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Tyrone's Ryan McMenamin retires from inter-county football at the age of 35

Updated: Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 11:23 | Comments

McMenamin was a no nonsense defender in a period when Tyrone finally made the breakthrough at national level.
McMenamin was a no nonsense defender in a period when Tyrone finally made the breakthrough at national level.

Tyrone defender Ryan McMenamin has called time on an inter-county career that has spanned 13 years.

The 35-year-old informed manager Mickey Harte of his decision on Monday night. However, he will continue to play for his club Dromore.

McMenamin won three All-Ireland titles with The Red Hand and collected his only All Star in 2005. He also picked up five Ulster championship medals and captained Tyrone back in 2006. 

Surprisingly he did not play at minor or U-21 level for his county.

McMenamin does predict a bright future for Tyrone. Speaking to the Irish News, he said: "There is a lot of talent coming through but at the same time a lot of the younger boys still have to step it up and realise that just talent will win you nothing at senior.

"Okay, maybe at minor and under-21 it won them All-Irelands, but at this level a lot of it comes down to sheer hard work.

“It comes down to honest graft and who wants to make the sacrifices when required. I do think the lads realise that and they are all willing to put that massive effort in.”

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