It has emerged that Declan Meehan has retired from intercounty football after 14 years in the maroon and white Galway Jersey. A player who has given great service to the county but due to ongoing injuries he has to call time on his career at the age of 35.
A career, with his 1st peak being that Hogan Cup win of 1994, two years later being drafted into the Galway squad and winning two All Ireland under John O’Mahony in 1998 and 2001. The memory that sticks most in my mind when I think of Meehan is that wonderful goal against Kerry in the All Ireland in 2000. A speedy player, who always had an eye for the short pass and return was always full of running and was the life and soul of any Galway team that he had played for.
I suppose it is a time to celebrate a career that was, but when he informed Tomas O’ Flatharta that he was calling it a day, you would feel some level of disappointment.
However, I personally would like to thank (and I believe I speak for the GAA community from Galway and further afield) Declan Meehan for what he has given to Galway football and inspiring many a young footballer out there and wish him well in whatever he ventures into in the future.
Go N’eiri an t-adh leat!