Clerkin plays his club football with Currin.

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THE LONGEST-SERVING inter-county Gaelic footballer in the country has announced his retirement.

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin was the last player still in action to have made his inter-county debut in the 90′s, first lining out in the league for his county in the winter of 1999.

Clerkin made the announcement this morning in an excellent column written in the Irish Examiner newspaper.

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End of the road! 😥🔵⚪️❤️

— D Clerkin (@clerkin_d) November 1, 2016

Source: Dick Clerkin/Twitter

The 34 year-old made 179 appearances for the county and in recent years, he finally enjoyed major success in Ulster, winning the 2013 and 2015 provincial senior football titles.

Some men carry the piano,others play it, @dickclerkin8 could do both!!thats me done with carrying you now!#enjoyretirement

— Darren Hughes (@darrenqz) November 1, 2016

Source: Darren Hughes/Twitter

Dick Clerkin retires after playing a record 169 senior games for Monaghan since 1999, scoring 3-107. He made 54 SFC appearances.

— Colm Shalvey (@ColmShalvey) November 1, 2016

Source: Colm Shalvey/Twitter

Clerkin paid tribute in his column to Monaghan’s achievements despite limited resources.


“I have witnessed a remarkable transformation in the psyche of Monaghan football during my career.

“Motivated by pride, sustained by hard work, validated with success. I am not going to patronise with thanks the countless people who have contributed to making Monaghan football what it is today.

Best of luck @dickclerkin8 on your retirement!! Always wore his heart on his sleeve for @monaghangaa .Top man off the pitch aswell #warrior

— Aidan O Mahony (@GmailMahony) November 1, 2016

Source: Aidan O Mahony/Twitter

“Striking an almost perfect balance between club and county, Monaghan football and all those responsible, should be held up as a shining example of what can be achieved with relatively limited resources.

“Supporters, administrators, sponsors, and mentors, all with a like-minded sense of duty and passion, for something bigger than ourselves.”

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His last appearance in Monaghan colours was during their drawn Ulster semi-final with Donegal on 25 June at Kingspan Breffni Park. He came on as a substitute in that game but did not see game time in the replay or their subsequent shock qualifier loss to Longford.