Injuries curtailed Barry Owens' inter-county career

Updated: Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 12:19 | Comments

Barry Owens won two All Star awards
Barry Owens won two All Star awards


Retired Fermanagh footballer Barry Owens felt the time was right to hang up his boots after a series of injuries.

The two-time All Star confirmed his retirement after Saturday’s loss to Laois in the qualifiers.

Owens, who had heart surgery in 2008, told RTÉ Sport: “It’s been one I’ve been thinking about for the last couple of months, especially after the league finished.

"It’s been nearly one injury after another. I had a hamstring injury just after the league and then I hurt the ankle as soon as that cleared up so it was on my mind anyway.”

The 32-year-old added that having newborn twins at home also had a bearing on his decision.

“I’ve twins at home. I want to be able to run about with them in a few years. And the further I prolonged my career, you’d end up not being able to run about with them as much as you’d like to,” he said. 

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