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Kildare's record championship appearance holder calls it a day

Eamonn Callaghan has confirmed his retirement.

KILDARE’S RECORD CHAMPIONSHIP appearance holder Eamonn Callaghan has confirmed his retirement via Twitter.

Callaghan has represented his county’s footballers for the past 17 years, making his senior championship debut in the 2003 Leinster final and today issued a statement thanking all those who helped him throughout his career.

“It is with a heavy heart that my time has come to call it a day with the Kildare senior footballers,” wrote the 35-year-old, who was part of the side that reached the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2010 and also helped his team secure a memorable victory over Mayo earlier this year.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have had such a lengthy career representing my county, getting the opportunity to captain Kildare in that time, represent my county and create memories of a lifetime.

“I would like to thank all the managers and backroom teams who have guided me over the last 17 years.

“It has been an absolute privilege and a dream come true to have played alongside some of the best footballers in the country.

“I will miss the craic with the lads but I’m grateful to have shared a dressing room with them over the years and for the close friends I have made in that time.

“I would like to thank the passionate Kildare supporters for all their loyalty over the years, it was an honour to put on the white jersey to represent you and the support you give the team is always appreciated.

“It has been an honour to represent the Naas club during my time with Kildare and I’ll be forever thankful to them for their support.

“Finally, my family who have always been by my side. My parents, Pat and Teresa, my sisters Siobhan, Niamh and Eadaoin, my wife Katie and newest addition to our family Fionn.

“This year has shown that the future of Kildare football is bright and I look forward to supporting the lads in the years to come. Cill Dara Abú.”

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