“It has been an absolute privilege and honour to have played my part in Louth GAA. Since I first put on the senior red jersey in October 1980 against Clare in Ennis, I have had some of the greatest and proudest moments of my life with Louth. My senior debut preceded winning the Leinster U21 Championship in 1981. Winning this Leinster title for Louth gave me immense pride.”
“I can honestly say I loved every minute of my playing career and wore the red jersey for the last time against Dublin (who were to go on and win the All Ireland) in Navan in 1995. Throughout that time I hope I played and wore the jersey with pride and honour. I am led to believe that I played well in excess of 100 times for Louth (at a time when there were less games, and no Qualifiers), and I am in the top three; of players who played most for Louth.
With similar emotions of pride and honour I was appointed manager of the Louth Senior team in 2009, in time for the 2010 season. The intervening time has been as enjoyable as my playing days and I hope I applied to that role the virtues of honesty, dedication and above all else pride.
Our record on the field included getting to two O’Byrne Cup finals, (beaten by a point in both!), winning a Leinster Final (but not getting the medals!), winning Division 3, and probably the most satisfying of all, retaining our rightful status in Division 2 football this year, despite all the critics forecasting our downfall. In addition I did savour more Leinster glory, having managed the Louth junior team that won the provincial title in2010. Indeed we were unlucky to lose to Sligo in the All Ireland semi final by a point, particularly as Sligo went on to win the All Ireland Final impressively by ten points.”
“I feel I have achieved all I can at the moment for Louth football, and it would be selfish of me to stay on as manager, even though I would dearly love to. I have never been happier than when involved in Louth football. To me it is about making the correct decision for Louth and not succumbing to personal feelings. As a result I am of the opinion that a new manager may progress the team further and I would only be delighted to see greater success for Louth.
Accordingly, I am announcing that I will not be putting myself forward for the next term as Louth manager. I believe now is the right time to announce it, as only now have I tied up the lose ends of this year’s campaign and more importantly it will enable a new manager time to settle in and view as much club football as possible. I wish whoever is appointed every success in their new role.”
“During my time with Louth football I have met some outstanding people, both on and off the field. I would personally like to thank the county board for their support and endorsement of me over the last three years. I would also like to thank the players and management for their commitment; it has been a pleasure to serve you.
But most of all I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the honest and dedicated people of Louth. Quite simply, they have been an inspiration and their commitment to following the team through good and bad is an example to the rest of the country. I am now occupying a different public role while but still serving the people of Louth; nothing gives me greater pleasure.”
Louth and Proud.
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