Kieran Fitzgerald has brought the curtain down on lengthy football career with Galway and for his club Corofin.

On 19 January last, the 39-year-old won his fourth All-Ireland football title as Corofin completed a hat-trick of titles after getting the better of Kilcoo from Down. All told, he claimed 14 county and seven provincial club titles.  

As an inter-county player, Fitzgerald was on Galway side that came through the back door to lift Sam Maguire in 2001. The no-nonsense defender played a key part in the Tribesmen picking themselves up after a Connacht semi-final defeat against Roscommon, before succesfully navigating the qualifiers and then reaching the All-Ireland series where they overcame Meath in the decider.

He hung up his inter-county boots at the end of 2011.

Gary Fahy and Fitzgerald lift the Sam Maguire

Reflecting on his career, Fitzgerald told the Tuam Herald: "It's hard to put into words the enjoyment and satisfaction I have experienced while playing the sport I love for over 30 years.

"It was an absolute honour to play for Corofin GAA Club and for Galway. Although we had ups and downs, I loved it and if I could do it all again - I would!

"I am continually overwhelmed and humbled by the support and goodwill I have received down through the years from all corners of the GAA community both in good times and bad.

"I want to thank all the great coaches I have had the pleasure to work with over the years, who guided me, mentored me and encouraged me to push myself to reach my potential. "One man in particular stands out, Frank Morris. From my first days at U8s in Rusheens right up to the present day, Frank has left an indelible mark on me, both on and off the field. His legacy will live forever in Corofin GAA.

"I also want to thank Kevin O'Brien and his management team, who worked so tirelessly and selflessly over the last number of years in facilitating us to fulfil our dreams of achieving the ultimate in club football. Also, the officers at Corofin GAA, led by chairman, Michael Ryder, who have always looked after us so well."