# retired

This year
# new chapter
'I biologically didn't have the knees to play rugby . . . There's not one bit of regret'
Leinster lock Charlie Ryan was forced to retire from rugby at the age of just 23 due to injury.
# ozzy osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne cancels tour as he's not 'physcially capable' of performing
Osbourne was due to play the 3Arena in Dublin on 10 June, as well as gigs in the UK and Europe.
Last year
# happy place
'I went to Barcelona and spent €2,500. That's the kind of release I was living for'
Niall Saunders retired from professional rugby at the age of 22 and is better for it.
All time
# Farewell
21 inter-county footballers who called it a day in 2021
A selection of long-serving stars retired this year.
# Hall of Fame
'I was probably at my lowest confidence I've ever been at as an international'
Claire Molloy has been inducted into the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Hall of Fame.
# retired
Nicholas Roche calls time on 17-year pro cycling career
‘A tear was shed, but luckily I have no regrets,’ he said in a statement.
# End of an era
Canning: 'I don't want to overstay my welcome, be there on reputation or as a token gesture'
Galway great Joe Canning confirmed his retirement from inter-county hurling on a media call today.
# Irish Abroad
'As much as it came to an abrupt end, it was a bit of a blessing in disguise'
Ex-Munster fullback Sean Scanlon has retired from professional rugby after seven seasons in the Championship.
# Unimpressed
Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend Nessa Diab blasts NFL for 'retired' tag
She complained about the designation in a social media post.
# Looking Back
'That's the great thing about this Irish team, it's about an island performing'
As he reflects on his career, Rory Best takes pride from squeezing every drop out of the potential he had.
# patricia O'connor
Kieran Greene found guilty of murdering woman whose remains were found in Dublin and Wicklow mountains
Patricia O’Connor was Kieran Greene’s partner’s mother.
# Brain Injury
'It's tough to see someone like Dippy have to retire at a young age'
Leinster’s Jack Conan was sad to see his former team-mate forced to hang up his boots.
# for the love of the game
'We didn't have a game, so Jamie went to play with our seconds on the back pitch in Monkstown'
Tony Smeeth tells The42 about the free-wheeling, big-carrying, ball-playing Jamie Heaslip he coached for four years in Trinity.
# Tribute
Joe Schmidt explains what made Jamie Heaslip such a superb player
‘People say, ‘Jeepers, Jamie was lucky there.’ Not according to Jamie, not according to us.’
# 8
Heaslip was often under-appreciated but his professionalism set new standards
The 34-year-old confirmed his retirement from the game after a superb career.
# wessi
Wes Hoolahan announces his retirement from international football
“This is the right time to do it,” the 35-year-old said.
# Census 2016
The most common jobs in Ireland are in sales, retail and farming
Over two million people were working at the time of the Census last year.
'A life of dedication': Funeral to take place of Dublin Fire Brigade's oldest member, who died aged 101
Henry “Harry” O’Keeffe was on duty when the city came under aerial attack in WW2.
# retired
Former Limerick captain and 2013 Munster champion announces his retirement
Gavin O’Mahony’s days in the Limerick jersey are over.
# Bonanza
€4.4 million paid out to staff of TDs who left Leinster House following the last election
199 former staff shared in the redundancy payouts, with eight ex-employees receiving packages worth more than €100,000 apiece.
# retired
'Boy, is he a character!' - Leinster gutted McCarthy can't make France move
The 35-year-old has been forced to retire with immediate effect.
# Career Change
Ex-Premier League striker Cisse to focus on DJing after announcing retirement
The Frenchman also wants to spend his free time working as a pundit and developing his clothing range.
# Highly regarded
Kerry team-mates, rivals and the GAA world pays tribute to Marc Ó Sé
The likes of Darran O’Sullivan, Paul Galvin, Bernard Brogan, Sean Cavanagh and Michael Fennelly have been praising the former Kingdom defender after today’s news.
# Carlow
Retired garda who suffers back pain following patrol car ramming awarded €49,000
The garda said his injuries had affected his daily activities and he had not been able to go fly fishing for a year.
'I was a garda for 35 years and I can tell you community policing has been destroyed'
Trevor Laffan, who is recently retired, said the hard work put in to build up relationships in the community have been ruined by bad bad decision-making.
# head games
An NFL rookie is retiring at 24 because the 'next hit could kill me'
Adrian Coxson has decided to call it a day before even playing a single snap.
# party like it's 1999
How the world looked before Henry Shefflin came along and dominated hurling
It was a simpler time.
# One Year On
We still don't know if Martin Callinan resigned, retired or was sacked...
Analysis: The departure of the Garda Commissioner remains shrouded in controversy.
# whistle blower
The most suave referee in world rugby has retired to pursue business interests
Steve Walsh’s many fans will be disappointed.
# Out of service
For one last time, you can check out this Irish navy ship that's travelled around the globe
LÉ Aoife navy ship, which has been in service for the last 35 years, was decommissioned yesterday.
# Stalwart
After 14 years and 49 SFC appearances, Donegal's Rory Kavanagh has decided to retire
The 32-year-old felt he couldn’t give the required commitment to the inter-county scene this year.
# Moving On
'You'd almost wash the dishes 24 times to fill the day' - The initial struggle of a retired rugby player
Former Leinster and Connacht scrum-half Paul O’Donohoe is trying to make the best of retirement.
# decomissioned
18 incredible rugby players who retired this year
It’s almost enough to fill a squad for the greatest charity match ever.
# help the aged
Dutch students can live in nursing homes rent-free (as long as they keep the residents company)
It sounds like they’re all having the craic together.
# farewell old friend
After 15 years, MSN Messenger finally decides to call it a day
The service, which had 330 million members worldwide at its peak, will be retired and integrated into Skype.
# attrition
5 Irish players forced to retire from pro rugby far, far too early
It’s a brutal game and the provinces were severely weakened by the early departure of these five players.
'I'm sure I'll be about the place. I'll take anything' - O'Driscoll waves goodbye, for now
The retired rugby legend says he will miss the Leinster supporters and the training ground camaraderie.
# Magic Moments
Munster hero Paul Warwick on reliving former glories at Thomond Park
The Australian told us about his the finest four years of his rugby career and his most cherished winners’ medal.
# suftum
'The body has nothing left to give': Paddy Wallace calls time after 189 Ulster appearances
Ulster’s all-time appearance record holder has played just once in the past 15 months.
# big loss
Connacht prop Brett Wilkinson forced to retire after 'serious neck injury'
The South African born forward played with Ireland Wolfhounds and toured to New Zealand with the senior squad in 2012.