FERMANAGH’S BARRY OWENS has retired from inter-county football in the wake of their 2014 championship exit at the hands of Laois in the All-Ireland qualifiers last Saturday.
The 32 year-old lined out in attack for the Erne County as they fell to a narrow defeat in that match in O’Moore Park and BBC Sport reports that he has brought down the curtain on his inter-county career in the aftermath.
Owens is Fermanagh’s most decorated footballer having won two Allstars during his career. In 2004 he was honoured by being named at full-back after his exploits on the Fermanagh team that bowed out after a replay at the All-Ireland semi-final stage against Mayo.
Two years later Owens was also honoured at full-back on the Allstar football team and he returned to the county side after heart surgery in 2008.
That season was the closest that Owens came to winning an elusive Ulster senior football medal as Fermanagh lost in the 2008 decider against Armagh after a replay.
The Teemore club man rejoined Pete McGrath’s Fermanagh panel in March this year after taking some time out due to family commitments in the early stages of the 2014 season. It transpired to be his last campaign after a senior career that began with Fermanagh in 2001.