DUBLIN FOOTBALLER BARRY Cahill has brought the curtain down on his inter-county career.
The St Brigid’s club man confirmed today in a statement issued by the Gaelic Player’s Association that he will not be featuring on the inter-county senior stage in 2013.
Cahill experienced his career highlight in 2011 when Dublin defeated Kerry in the All-Ireland decider.
He also won eight Leinster senior medals and was selected on the 2007 Allstar team.
“Having reflected on my position over the past few months I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county football,” revealed Cahill.
“It is not a decision I have taken lightly; wearing the Dublin jersey has been of paramount importance in my life for over a decade. I was privileged to play for Dublin and the experience of winning an All-Ireland medal in 2011 will be one I will cherish forever.
“However, having played 11 championship seasons with Dublin, I now feel the time is right to hang up my inter-county boots. I must also consider the development of my career outside of football.
“I will continue to play football with St Brigid’s and am delighted to focus my efforts with my club who, having nurtured me as a young player, have always supported me with my commitment to county football.
“I was fortunate to play alongside some fantastic footballers and make some great friends during my career.
“I would like to thank all those who supported me during that period, in particular the three Dublin managers under whom I played; all contributed to my development both as a player and indeed a person. There were many others behind the scenes, backroom staff, medical teams and officials who worked on our behalf and I would like to extend my thanks to them all.
“Dublin have incredible supporters and I am very grateful to them for the encouragement they always gave to me and my team mates, in both good and bad times.
“Behind every player is a network of support and fundamental to that group is my own family and my wife Suzie. I would like to thank them sincerely for everything.
“Finally I would like to wish Jim Gavin and his Dublin squad the very best of luck for the season ahead.”