Kieran Donaghy is a legend when it comes to the game of Gaelic football.
However many wouldn't know the Kerry GAA star is actually quite the gifted poet.
Kieran announced the news of his retirement from inter-county football via a poem he wrote and it’s actually quite good.
Here's the full transcript.
"Kerry I thank you…
Up to Croker in ‘97, my dream it began
Standing in the Nally, I said ‘Maybe I can’
The famine was ended and Kerry were back
As a minor four years later, I’d give it a crack
Thank god I’m from Kerry, we sure are the best
History, tradition, st Brendan on the crest
I played right on the edge, not a backward step taken
Will I ever apologise? You must be mistaken
By God, it was special, the Green and Gold on my back
I did my job well, in the air I’d attack,
To the jersey I love you, I wore you with pride
Didn’t win them all but so hard I tried.
The future is exciting, we must support our team
It’s been so emotional and we’ve shared the dream
That’s a big part of it, that’s what we’re about
It’s the jersey, it’s Kerry, It’s ‘Up the Kingdom!’ we shout
I’ll never forget ye, ye know who ye are
Bonded forever, on the pitch, at the bar
We climbed all the mountains, they look good from the top
Celtic crosses in our pockets, those memories won’t stop.
Fitzgerald stadium was home, it’s where I kicked my last ball
After hugging my brothers, the tears did fall
I shouldn’t be sad, we were good for each other
Now's the right time to hand it to another
The next chapter is here. Oh I can’t wait
No ifs, no buts, only total faith
Hilary, Lola Rose and Indie by my side
Made it a no brainer to eventually decide
My Kerry, my Family, my Mom and my Nan
Donaghys, Fitzgeralds and the O’Connors are my clan,
This sums up my journey and one thing’s for sure,
In the words of John B, ‘I’m one lucky hoor’"
Fair play Kieran.
Can we now start calling him the Seamus Heaney of the GAA world?
It didn't take long before fans took to Twitter to share their reaction to the GAA star’s retirement.
Kieran Donaghy was one of those players that the opposition hated but was adored by his own. His relationship with the Dubs supporters was especially entertaining. A lot of Inter-county full back's will at least sleep easier tonight. #Gaa— Robert Cribbin (@rob_cribbin) September 11, 2018
Best of luck to Kieran Donaghy on his retirement from Inter County Football. Kieran gave us all many glorious memories during his year's in the green and gold!! His skill and talent was legendary. A true warrior for The Kingdom. Thank you Kieran— john brassil (@kerryabu) September 11, 2018
Kerry football's loss of Kieran Donaghy will be Tralee basketball's gain— Barry Lennon (@BarryDLennon) September 11, 2018
Kieran Donaghy has retired from inter-county football. End of an era. Thanks for the memories big man. One of a kind #GAA— Damian Stack (@damianstack) September 11, 2018
There was a time Kieran Donaghy was the most lethal and exciting attacking weapon in football. That he was still a go-to guy for Kerry in his last season is the greatest statement on a marvellous career. Great player, better fella.— Michael Foley (@MickFoley76) September 11, 2018
Only time will tell if this new style of retiring will catch on.