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The longest serving inter-county footballer confirms retirement after 19 seasons

Ryan McCluskey made his Fermanagh debut in 2000 and was an integral figure on route to the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2004.

McCluskey during Fermanagh's 2015 All-Ireland quarter-final with Dublin.
McCluskey during Fermanagh's 2015 All-Ireland quarter-final with Dublin.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

AFTER 19 CONSECUTIVE seasons lining out for Fermanagh, Ryan McCluskey has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The 37-year-old was the longest serving inter-county footballer having first joined the Fermanagh panel in 2000, making his National League debut later that year.

The Enniskillen Gaels full-back confirmed that he was hanging up his boots on Monday after a season in which Fermanagh qualified for a first Ulster SFC final since 2008.

“So after 19 years wearing the green and white, it’s time to call it a day,” McCluskey said.

“To the numerous managers, back-room teams and teammates it’s been one hell of a pleasure. To all the fans of the green and white keep believing. We will get there. Thanks for your faithful support.

“Finally, to my family, friends and especially my mum. You have supported me through the good and bad times, I am forever grateful. I love you all. It’s been emotional.”

McCluskey made his championship debut in an Ulster preliminary round win over Donegal in May 2001.

He was an integral figure during the county’s journey to the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2004, while also an ever-present en route to provincial finals in both 2008 and 2018.

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