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Legend Mick O'Dwyer calls time on GAA career

Updated: Friday, 17 Jan 2014 13:46 | Comments

Mick O'Dwyer: 'My days of rolling up the match programme tightly in my hand and heading out to patrol the sidelines are over'
Mick O'Dwyer: 'My days of rolling up the match programme tightly in my hand and heading out to patrol the sidelines are over'

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After 60 years of involvement in inter-county Gaelic football, Mick O’Dwyer has announced his retirement.

In addition to a playing career that yielded four All-Ireland titles, the legendary Waterville man, 77, managed his native Kerry for 15 seasons, winning the Sam Maguire eight times.

He took charge of Kildare for ten years, winning two Leinster titles, and also led Laois to provincial glory.

In 2006 he took charge of Wicklow and his last managerial assignment was as Clare boss last summer.

O’Dwyer recently underwent surgery for an old ankle injury.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1, O’Dwyer said: “It is the end in management anyway, certainly.

"I got my ankle done, and I’m getting ready to play the golf links here in Waterville and to do a bit of fishing." 

However, he indicated that he could offer his services as an advisor. 

"That would be a different story completely, that would be completely different to managing. That’s something I could do," he added. 

Asked for a stand-out moment in his career, O’Dwyer picked out winning his first All-Ireland medal with Kerry in 1959. 

"I’m getting ready to play the golf links here in Waterville and to do a bit of fishing"

He told the Irish Independent: “My days of rolling up the match programme tightly in my hand and heading out to patrol the sidelines are over.

"I always believed in the 'never say never' motto but it's time to pack in the management side of things.

"After all the great years in Kerry, I got huge satisfaction from winning Leinster with Kildare and Laois. It meant so much to the people in those counties.”

Micko Honours

- 11 Munster titles and 4 All-Irelands as a Kerry player (1957-73)

- 11 Munster titles and 8 All-Irelands as Kerry manager (1975-86)

- 2 Leinsters and an All-Ireland final appearance with Kildare. The 1998 title was the county's first since 1956. (1998 and 2000) 

- 1 Leinster with Laois, the county's first since 1946 (2003)

- Tommy Murphy Cup win with Wicklow (2007)

- A career total of 12 All Irelands, 25 provincial titles and 10 National Leagues as player and manager

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