Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
Brogan had a stellar career for the Dubs winning it all. The Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh club man won 7 All-Ireland titles in a glittering career in the Sky Blue jersey. Bernard was also named as Footballer of the Year in 2010.
Brogan released a statement in which he said he felt it was now time for him to end his inter-county football career. He said in the statement that it has been “an amazing 15 years on the road”. The statement read,”My GAA career has always been about the journey, not the destination,”. I have learnt more from the losses than from the wins, more about myself in times of challenge and injury than in times of success.
Brogan thanked the Dublin supporters and of course the fans on Hill 16. He said that they were the greatest fans in the world and that they were his last wave walking out of Croke Park. “I gave my all for the cause right to the end and I am happy now to take my place in the stand, back to where it all began for me as a child with my own father – cheering on the Dubs. “On to the next journey.”
Brogan made his inter-county debut in 2007. After a superb debut season he picked up an all-star award as a vital member of Paul Caffrey’s starting 15. He picked up the Footballer of the Year in 2010 after a string of fine performances. However, Dublin lost out to eventual champions Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final that year. He was a key man in the 2011 squad as Dublin went on to claim the Sam Maguire for the first time since 1995. Dublin were beaten in 2012 by Mayo. However the Dubs gained revenge in 2013 when Brogan picked up his second All-Ireland medal over them. He scored two goals in that game and was named RTE Man of the Match.
Brogan won another All-Ireland in 2015. He scored two points against Kerry. Bernard’s Brogan, Alan, was also a member of the Dublin side, but Alan finished up then. The drive for five then began. He was brought on as a substitute in the 2016 final in the 1 point win over Mayo. The three in a row was secured in 2017, once again Jim Gavin’s side edging out Mayo by a single score. Brogan came on as a substitute here again. He suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2018, where many probably thought he would call it a day, but he didn’t, he played a minor part in Dublin’s game with Roscommon in the Super 8’s.
He didn’t play much championship football in 2019. He was left out by Jim Gavin for the drawn final which in fairness was surprise to us all. He did make the bench for replay however. The five in a row was confirmed. He picked up 4 all-star awards in an illustrious career in the Sky Blue jersey. He also picked up 5 National League titles.
One of the best. Best of luck to him for the future.