Hung Up His Boots

'Absolute warrior', 'ultimate professional', 'fearless' - tributes paid as Kerry's O'Mahony retires

The Rathmore defender has called it a day.

AFTER 13 SEASONS and 70 championship appearances as a Kerry senior footballer, Aidan O’Mahony hung up his boots today.

Aidan O'Mahony Kerry defender Aidan O'Mahony won eight Munster senior football medals. Ryan Byrne / INPHO Ryan Byrne / INPHO / INPHO

There’s been no shortage of tributes to the Rathmore defender who walks away with five All-Ireland senior medals and three All-Star awards to his name.

“He brought that leadership quality, he was a big character and really enjoyed bringing on the younger fellas into the panel over his time,” remarked teammate Donnchadh Walsh, speaking on the GAA’s Facebook page at today’s launch of the Allianz Football League at Croke Park.

Donnchadh Walsh 23/1//2017 Donnchadh Walsh at today's Allianz football league launch in Croke Park. Donall Farmer / INPHO Donall Farmer / INPHO / INPHO

“He will be missed on the field but in the dressing-room as well. I was surprised [to learn of the retirement] because throughout his career he has kept in incredible physical shape.

“He has had his fair few bad injuries as well. The physios down in Kerry he used to cause them nightmares because he would never stay off the field, he wanted to train every time through any kind of an injury. It showed his competitiveness and determination.

“He loved the physical side of things of the GAA, the physical contact in Gaelic football, and every day he would be out on the field he brought that physicality into his game. He is going to missed.”

Several other current and former Kerry players paid tribute to O’Mahony.

Marc Ó Sé

Darran O’Sullivan

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Kieran Donaghy

Killian Young

Eoin Brosnan

Mike Quirke

Paul Galvin

Declan O’Sullivan

Bryan Sheehan

Colm Cooper

Kerry's Aidan O'Mahony and Kieran Donaghy celebrate on the pitch Aidan O'Mahony and Kieran Donaghy celebrate the 2014 All-Ireland final win. Morgan Treacy / INPHO Morgan Treacy / INPHO / INPHO


There was also plenty praise for O’Mahony from opponents during his inter-county career.

Alan Dillon (Mayo)

Alan Brogan (Dublin)

Steven McDonnell (Armagh)

Brian Fox (Tipperary)

Owen Mulligan (Tyrone)

John Doyle (Kildare)


And there were a fair few Kilkenny hurling figures who had praise for O’Mahony as well.

Jackie Tyrrell

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Paul Murphy

Eoin Larkin

Richie Hogan

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