Long-serving Cavan star Aisling Doonan has announced her retirement from inter-county football.  

The 33-year-old Templeport player, who made her inter-county debut in 2002, will be remembered as one of the most naturally gifted forwards of recent times.  

Doonan was captain of the Cavan team that lost out in the 2011 TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate final.

Two years later, she scored 0-4 and earned the Player of the Match award as Cavan beat Tipperary in the decider.  

A five-time TG4 All Star nominee, Doonan was named on the Division 2 National League team of the year in four successive years from 2015-2018.  

Doonan also featured on the 2011 and 2012 Division 2 teams, while she was named on the 2010 Division 3 team, making it seven Team of the League appearances across the board.  

A staff member with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association from 2016 to 2019, Doonan is now living and working in her native Cavan, where she's a sport development officer with Cavan Sports Partnership.  

"The time is right to call time on my inter-county career with Cavan," she said.

"I’ve enjoyed some terrific days and there are memories banked to last a lifetime. It’s been an incredible journey and I’d like to wish our new county team manager Gerry Moane and all of the girls the very best for the 2021 season."  

Doonan last played for Cavan in the 2020 Lidl National League, with injury ruling her out of the TG4 Championship.  

She’s also a three-time Ulster Intermediate Championship winner with the Breffni County, and a multiple inter-provincial medallist with Ulster.