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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Stalwart Gallagher calls it a day

Neil Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile
Neil Gallagher. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal's All-Ireland-winning midfielder Neil Gallagher has retired from inter-county football.

Gallagher, 34, played an inspirational part in Donegal's 2012 All-Ireland win and was also influential in Jim McGuinness's team's sensational All-Ireland semi-final win over Dublin in 2014.

Honoured

He also won three Ulster SFC medals and was honoured as an All Star in 2012 and '14.

After a winter of retirements and opt-outs, Rory Gallagher is left with just six of the team that started the 2012 All-Ireland final.

Eamon McGee, Colm McFadden, Rory Kavanagh, Christy Toye, David Walsh and now Gallagher have all retired while Leo McLoone, Odhran MacNiallais and Anthony Thompson have also pulled out of the squad for the time being.

Gallagher made his senior debut in 2004, and ends his career with one All-Ireland medal, three Ulster titles and one National League title.

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