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Cork footballer retires with 9 All-Ireland senior medals and 3 Allstar awards

Nollaig Cleary is hanging up her boots.

Nollaig Cleary Cork ladies footballer Nollaig Cleary in action in the 2013 All-Ireland final. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

CORK’S NINE-TIME All-Ireland senior winner Nollaig Cleary has called time on her inter-county career.

Cleary made the announcement today in the Southern Star newspaper and brings the curtain down on a golden run of success.

She won her first All-Ireland senior medal in 2005 when striking 0-3 as Cork defeated Galway and then came on as a substitute to win her ninth medal in last September’s victory over Dublin.

Cleary also won three Ladies football Allstar awards during her career in 2006, 2008 and 2009 as well as being named at right half-forward on the TG4 Ladies’ Football Team of the Decade in 2010.

Her brother John is a former Cork senior All-Ireland winner and has also managed Cork to All-Ireland U21 glory in recent years.

Nollaig Cleary receives her award from Tony Towell, President Mary McAleese, Geraldine Giles and Pol O'Gallchoir Nollaig Cleary receives her 2008 Allstar award. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

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