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GAA | Kieran Donaghy retires from inter-county football

A little poem for ye. Thanks for everything @Kerry_Official — Kieran Donaghy (@starryboy14) September 11, 2018 Donaghy made his Kerry debut in 2005, the season after appearing in TG4's 'Underdogs' series in 2004. He picked up a Munster Championship in his first season with the county, but it was the 2006 season which saw him emerge as one of the country's finest players. The 6"5 Austin Stacks man formed an excellent partnership with Darragh Ó Sé during that year's league campaign, which saw Jack O'Connor's men win the Division One title. The Kingdom lost to rivals Cork in that year's Munster final, and Donaghy was moved to full-forward for the qualifier against Longford. The Irish international basketball player ran riot on the edge of the square, playing a part in all four of Kerry's goals on the day. He would go on to form an excellent (and deadly) understanding with Colm Cooper, which would see the "little-and-large duo" sometimes dubbed as Batman and Robin. He bagged a goal - and continued to operate as a dangerous target man - in the quarter-final win over Armagh, and notched one point in the semi-final victory over Cork. Kerry demolished Mayo in the final (4-15 to 3-06) and Donaghy was superb throughout, scoring 1-2 and wreaking havoc in the Mayo defence. The towering forward was crowned as the 2006 Footballer of the Year, and would subsequently add three Celtic Crosses to his collection. The 'Star' was superb again in 2007 as Kerry retained their crown, scoring two goals in the final against Cork. Donaghy was on the losing side of an All-Ireland final for the first time in '08 as Tyrone lifted the Sam Maguire, but earned himself a second All-Star nonetheless. The Kerryman won his third All-Ireland title a year later - though he missed much of the Championship after picking up an injury in the qualifiers - and his fourth in 2014.
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