Tyrone's Dooher announces retirement

Veteran Tyrone footballer Brian Dooher has called time on his inter-county career. The 36-year-old has confirmed his retirement after a 16-year run with the Red Hands.

Veteran Tyrone footballer Brian Dooher has called time on his inter-county career. The 36-year-old has confirmed his retirement after a 16-year run with the Red Hands.

Dooher won three All-Ireland SFC medals and captained Tyrone to two of those Sam Maguire successes in 2005 and 2008.

The Clan na nGael forward also won five Ulster SFC medals, two National Leagues titles and three All-Stars. He was a vital component of Mickey Harte's side but injury affected his involvement in recent years.

He was mainly used as an impact substitute during this year's Championship. He was introduced as a substitute for his final Tyrone game in last month's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to eventual champions Dublin.

Tyrone GAA Chairman Ciaran McLaughlin paid tribute to Dooher for his excellent service to Tyrone for almost two decades.

"Brian’s preparation and dedication to Tyrone football over the majority of the last two decades has been incredible," he said.

"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."

Tyrone GAA PRO Damian Harvey added: "It’s obvious to anyone that knows anything about Gealic football that Brian Dooher has been a wonderful servant to the Tyrone 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.

"The Tyrone GAA family will remember him as someone who worked harder than anyone has ever worked to succeed in a Tyrone jersey."

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