Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Another Mayo GAA star has announced his retirement from the inter-county scene.

Breaffy midfielder Seamie O’Shea is to step away from the county panel after 13 years wearing the Green and Red for the senior side.

Throughout his senior career, he claimed seven Connacht titles and one national football league. O’Shea also won an All-Ireland U21 title with Mayo in 2006 and three Connacht U21 titles.

“I’m hugely grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career. I would like to thank my family and friends for their constant support and encouragement as well as my club Breaffy for nurturing my development. I would also like to thank all of my former teammates, management teams, coaches, medical staff, supporters and everyone who has been involved in this journey,” said the veteran midfielder.

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have played for Mayo alongside an extraordinary group of players. I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to do it for so long and I’ve loved every minute of it. Mayo football is in good hands and I look forward to watching my former team-mates compete and win over the coming years,” he added.

Mayo GAA Chairman Liam Moffatt paid tribute to O’Shea’s commitment and footballing abilities.

“A Minor finalist in 2005 and a midfield anchor on a Mayo team that claimed All-Ireland U21 glory in 2006, he went on to have a stellar career at senior level.

“His quiet, unassuming manner overlay a steely resolve to be the best he could be. His ‘end to end’ running power and brilliant defensive midfield capabilities were taken from a second to none commitment and work ethic.

“This commitment was typified by the many miles he travelled over the years to attend training and games while based outside the county.

“I would like to wish Séamie and his family all the very best for the future.”

Donal Vaughan, David Clarke, and Tom Parsons also announced their retirements this week.

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