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Eight-time All-Ireland winner Cian O'Sullivan announces retirement due to injury

The 33-year-old says his body can no longer meet the demands of competitive football. He retires as one of the most decorated players of all time.
Jun 27th 2021, 4:01 PM 12,366 9

DUBLIN’S EIGHT-TIME ALL-IRELAND-WINNING defender Cian O’Sullivan has announced his retirement from Gaelic football citing injury.

The 33-year-old confirmed his decision in a statement released on Twitter, explaining that “while my heart would love dearly to continue on, my body simply can’t”.

O’Sullivan began his inter-county career as a corner-back before moving to midfield and, eventually, following Dublin’s 2014 defeat to Donegal, to sweeper. The Dubs haven’t lost a championship match since O’Sullivan made his final positional switch, albeit his involvement in recent years has been hampered particularly by hamstring issues.

The Kilmacud Crokes man made his senior inter-county debut in 2009. He won eight All-Irelands, five national leagues, 10 Leinster titles and three All Stars during a legendary career.

He is one of only 12 players in the history of the game to have won eight senior inter-county All-Irelands, of whom six are Dublin team-mates.

“Regrettably, and despite my best effort to address a number of recurring injuries, it’s time to draw a close on my footballing days,” O’Sullivan said in his statement.

“The competitive demands have taken their toll and while my heart would love to dearly continue, my body simply can’t.


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“I am honoured and privileged to have represented my club and county and to have enjoyed success beyond my wildest boyhood dreams. I’m especially proud to have been part of such a special Dublin team that’s been like a second family to me in these years. This will be a void that will be difficult to fill.

“There are too many people to thank and I hope to thank you all personally in time.


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