Warrior on the Field and Gentleman off it
For nearly 30 years our small little club has been able to boast of probably the best dead ball kickers in the country.
First with Maurice and for the last the last 14 years with Bryan Sheehan, sadly this boast comes to an end today with the announcement by Bryan of his retirement from inter county football. Here is his statement from the Kerry GAA website.
Statement by Bryan Sheehan
Today I would like to announce my retirement from the Kerry Senior Football Team. It has been an absolute honour for me to wear the Green and Gold jersey for 17 years, 14 of those with the Senior Team.
It was always a childhood dream to play for Kerry and to do so for so long fills me with great pride. I’ve been so lucky to play with some of the best players that the game has ever seen, and will be forever grateful for sharing an unbelievable journey with them. Thank you for all the memories, but more importantly for the friendships.
I would like to thank all the managers for whom I’ve played under, for the guidance and support shown to me. I would like to thank the County Board for their continuous support, all the management teams, doctors, physios and backroom teams for everything they have done to help me.
A big thank you to the ever-loyal Kerry supporters for the support you have shown to me throughout my career.
I would especially like to thank to my Club St. Mary’s for all the support and help they have given me. Thanks for giving me the opportunity not just to wear the Kerry jersey, but to captain Kerry at Minor, U21, and Senior level. I look forward to continue playing football with St. Mary’s and South Kerry.
Finally, and most importantly, I would like to pay a special thank you to my wife Ita and my family, without whom none of this would have been possible. The unconditional love and support you have given me is what kept me going all these years, through good times and bad. Every time I put on that Kerry jersey I did my best to make you proud. The sacrifices you’ve made in order for me to fulfil my dream have been immense and I will be forever grateful.
While the decision to retire was difficult to make, I’m excited for what lies ahead. With the arrival of a baby in January I’m looking forward to the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
Bryan has 5 all Irelands, 6 Munster titles, 2 National Leagues and 1 All star with Kerry
We at the club wish Bryan and his wife Ita all the best for the future and hope to see him have many years playing in the blue and white.