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All-Ireland winning captain Brian Dooher has brought the curtain down on his Tyrone career at the age of 36 after a struggle with injury in recent years.
Dooher won three All-Irelands in all with the Red Hand side, two as captain in 2005 and 2008.
Mickey Harte, the man who appointed Dooher captain of Tyrone, paid tribute to the player.
“He was a one-off player that comes along every so often,” Harte said.
“He was unequalled, unrivalled. He was a great leader. He had so many skills. He was fantastic at communicating with players.
“Brian was great liaising with the county board. He was held in such high esteem that he commanded respect from everybody.
“He was a man who grew in stature as he matured. When he was being told that he could no longer perform at the required level, he would bounce back with an incredible performance.”
Teammate Sean Cavanagh said, “Every year he seemed to get better and fitter. Even though his body might be trying to give in, somehow he was able to push on through it. His commitment is unrivalled and he leaves a legacy that hopefully will continue to inspire other Tyrone players.”
Waterford star Eoin Murphy, who suffered a fractured skull in a club game last April, is retiring from inter-county hurling after an 11 year career.
“I’m 100% happy to hang up my boots at inter-county level,” Murphy told the Irish Examiner. “I’m looking forward to spending a few years with the club.
“It was in the back of my mind to give it one more year with Waterford and I didn’t go back until February, but I felt it could be a good year for us. Even after the injury I wanted to stay involved.
“I knew I probably wouldn’t be playing but I got back training with the county at least.”
Fitz for Clare
All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald will be confirmed as the new manager of the Clare senior hurling team later this week. Just a month after he quit the Waterford job, Fitzy is back in charge of his native county after he was the only nominee put forward to Tuesday night’s County Board meeting.
Incredibly, the 40-year-old Fitzgerald could play for his club Sixmilebridge in their forthcoming county semifinal against Cratloe as regular keeper Derek Fahy is out injured.
VETERAN coach Mickey Whelan has quit, but manager Pat Gilroy looks certain to stay on for at least another year with the Dublin team that won the All-Ireland football final.
Star Dublin forward Bernard Brogan, meanwhile, has announced that he plans to spend some time in Australia before the start of the 2012 National Football Leagues . . .
SHANNONSIDE hurling legend Ciaran Carey is the new favorite to replace Donal O’Grady as manager of the Limerick senior hurlers, with former Cork boss John Allen also in for the job. Carey worked as a selector under O’Grady and has previously managed the Limerick under-21 team . . .
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