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Michael Darragh Macauley brings curtain down on superb Dublin career

The midfielder won eight All-Irelands in a decade of glory with the Dubs.

MICHAEL DARRAGH MACAULEY has announced his retirement from inter-county football, bringing an end to a decade of glittering success.

michael-dara-macauley Macauley helped Dublin win eight All-Irelands. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The 34-year-old used his Twitter account to confirm his departure, writing Sin é uaimse. Míle buíochas ó chroí.

The midfielder came onto the scene in 2009, but didn’t make his championship debut until a year later, when he appeared as a sub in a win over Wexford.

After Meath hammered five goals past Dublin, Macauley then became part of Pat Gilroy’s new-look side and by the end of that year he was a regular, as Dublin recovered to reach the All-Ireland semis.

A year later he won the first of his eight All-Ireland medals but his peak year came in 2013, when he was named footballer of the year.

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In addition to his success with the Dubs, Macauley also helped his club, Ballyboden St Enda’s, win three county championships, two Leinster titles and the 2016 All-Ireland club title. He walks away with every honour in the game on his CV, including two All Stars in 2011 and 2013.

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