Paul Hearty retires after 23 years

October 9, 2017

Crossmaglen Rangers goalkeeper Paul Hearty has announced his retirement after 23 years of service to his club (1995-2017) which saw him accumulate six All-Ireland club victories in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2011 and 2012 to go with his 11 Ulster club wins, capped off by a remarkable haul of 19 county titles.

Paul brought his 13 year inter-county career to an end in 2012 which left him with an All-Ireland medal in 2002 along with five Ulster crowns, two National League titles and an U21 provincial success with Armagh.

His released retirement statement reads as follows:

“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from Gaelic football today. The time is right to call the curtain on my twenty three season career (1995-2017)

“In that time I have been blessed to have been part of a hugely successful career period for our club Crossmaglen Rangers. 19 Armagh titles, 11 Ulster club titles and 6 All-Ireland club titles is testament to the hard work, dedication and unbelievable commitment by all the players and management that have cycled through the club in this time.

“Firstly I will start by thanking my family, my mother and late father for backing me all through the early years and then to my wife & children whose love, support and sacrifice throughout my career I will never forget.

“Thanks to all the management teams who took time to manage what is a very time consuming job, from Joe Kernan who had the courage to play a young 16-year-old as goalkeeper in his quest to secure a first county title in ten years for the club right through to Gareth O’Neill today.

“Thanks also to all the players I have played with, past and present, the huge sacrifices that were made through the years to achieve something that will never be forgotten.

“Something I will miss very much will be sharing that changing room with some of the best friends you could ever hope to have, the lifelong friends you make through the GAA is something to cherish and be proud of.”

Paul has retired from the game as the most successful club footballer in GAA history.