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Mayo great Colm Boyle retires after 14-year career

The Davitts man made his debut in 2008.

Mayo's Colm Boyle.
Mayo's Colm Boyle.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

COLM BOYLE HAS retired from inter-county football after 14 years in the Mayo jersey. 

The 35-year-old picked up four All-Stars during an illustrious career that also saw him win six Connacht medals and reach the All-Ireland final on six occasions. 

A tenacious, tough defender, Boyle made his debut under John O’Mahony in 2008 and represented Ireland in the 2013 International Rules series. 

He also won a National Football League medal with Mayo in 2019 and was part of the county’s All-Ireland U21 success in 2006.

The Davitts clubman fought back from a torn cruciate in 2020 to make the match day panel for the last two All-Ireland deciders, although he found game-time difficult to come by since his return.

Mayo GAA have this evening paid tribute to Boyle.

“Mayo GAA would like to sincerely thank Colm Boyle for his incredible service and commitment to Mayo football over the past fourteen years. Colm was a very loyal and dedicated player for both club and county and his passion and pride when wearing the Green and Red jersey will always be remembered by Mayo GAA supporters at home and abroad.

“Colm wore his heart on his sleeve and that is why he had such a special connection and bond with the Mayo supporters. ‘Boyler’ will always be remembered for his lung busting runs from the half back line and his ferocious tackling.”

colm-boyle-celebrates-at-the-final-whistle-with-stephen-coen Colm Boyle (right) celebrates after Mayo's win over Dublin in August. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

County chairma Liam Moffatt added in his praise.

“On behalf of Mayo GAA I would like to sincerely thank Colm for his outstanding commitment and service to Mayo GAA. Colm was an exceptional underage player for his club Davitt’s and followed these very high standards up when he progressed to inter-county football.

“His absolute commitment to the cause, whether it be a training session or an All-Ireland Final, never waived and he inspired so many with his endeavours. Mayo GAA wishes Colm and his family the very best of luck in the future. ”

“It’s been some journey, along with 4 All Stars & representing your country!” Boyle’s club Davitts said on Twitter. 

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“Everyone here at Davitts is so proud of the way you represented our club on the inter-county scene down through the years. Thanks for the memories! See you in the old pitch in February.”

- Originally published at 10.39

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