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Paul Galvin makes shock retirement accouncement

Updated: Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 19:19 | Comments

Paul Galvin appears to have played his final game for Kerry
Paul Galvin appears to have played his final game for Kerry

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Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has told reporters that Paul Galvin has retired from intercounty football.

Galvin, a clubmate of Fitzmaurice's with Finuge, was due to line out as a substitute for Kerry in Saturday's Allianz Football League defeat to Dublin at Croke Park but failed to take his place on the bench.

The 34-year-old won four All-Ireland titles with Kerry, three National League medals and seven Munster Championships.

He earned three All Star awards, including the honour of being named the 1000th All Star. He was also named Footballer of the Year in 2009.

A divisive figure amongst football fans, he was as much loved by followers of the Kingdom as he was loathed by opposing fans.

His glittering career was pock-marked by controversy, including a six-month ban in 2008 for slapping the notebook from referee Paddy Russell’s hands and an eight-week ban in 2010 for an incident involving Cork’s Eoin Cadogan.

One of the most combative players of the modern era, Galvin's battles with Cork’s Noel O’Leary were a feature of Munster Championship football for over a decade.

At club level he won an All-Ireland Junior Club Championship with Finuge, and was on the Feale Rangers side that won the Kerry Football Championship in 2007. He also won three Kerry Hurling Championships with Lixnaw.

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