Dynamic Dooher ends Tyrone career

BRIAN DOOHER yesterday announced his decision to retire from inter-county football, 17 years after making his senior debut for Tyrone.

The 36-year-old, who captained the county to their 2005 and 08 All-Ireland successes, leaves the stage after an incredible career spanning three decades, which saw him collect three Celtic Crosses, six Ulster titles and three All Stars.

Clann na nGael man Dooher will be remember for his fantastic displays in Tyrone’s three All-Ireland triumphs under Mickey Harte, his first-half point in the ‘08 final against Kerry one of the best seen at Croke Park.

“Brian’s preparation and dedication to Tyrone football over the majority of the last two decades has been incredible,” said county chairman Ciaran McLaughlin about Dooher in a statement.

“He was the heartbeat of the most successful Tyrone senior football team that we have ever had. He was, and I hope will continue to be, a brilliant ambassador for Tyrone GAA.”

Dooher is the only Tyrone veteran to hang up his boots since their All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin.

Stephen O’Neill and Conor Gormley have already committed themselves to another season but it remains to be seen what the likes of Philip Jordan and Ryan McMenamin will do.

However, McLaughlin expects most of the team’s veterans to return in 2012.

“It was inevitable that there were going to be one or two retirements, but hopefully there will not be too many more announcements like Brian’s.”

On Twitter, Tyrone team-mate Cathal McCarron hailed Dooher’s contribution to the county. ”

Sad to see the wee man “dooher” finally call it a day. Will be greatly missed and has being a superb ambassador for Tyrone football.”

Tyrone PRO Damian Harvey also paid tribute to Dooher after ending his stellar career.

“It’s obvious to anyone that knows anything about Gaelic football that Brian Dooher has been a wonderful servant to the Tyrone county senior football team since the early 1990s.

“Brian has been through many serious and career-threatening injuries during that period of time, however, he will go down in history as the first Tyrone man to captain us to two All-Ireland senior championships.

“The senior football team will miss his unrelenting drive and very special leadership qualities.

“He has and will continue to be an inspiration to the current Tyrone panel of players and the many hundreds of club and underage players in the county.”

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