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Injury forces O'Neill to retire

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 5:02pm

A knee injury has forced the hand of Cork footballer Colm O'Neill who this week announced his retirement from the intercounty scene.

The 29-year-old made the decision on medical advice after enduring an injury-plagued career which included three cruciate injuries while the latest, knee cartilage damage, occurred during Cork's semi-final win over Tipperary in the Munster championship.

Although O'Neill made a substitute appearance in Cork's loss to Kerry in the Munster Final, the Ballyclough player sat out his side’s exit from the championship against Tyrone earlier this month.

A talented hurler as well as footballer, O'Neill represented Cork in both football and hurling at Minor and Under 21 level, winning a scattering of Munster medals in both codes.

His first All-Ireland medal came in 2007 with the Under 21 footballers while he captained Cork to another All-Ireland with the Under 21’s in 2009.

He also won a Sigerson Cup with CIT in the same year and made his senior debut against Donegal that year.

O'Neill has worked under four Cork managers, Conor Counihan, Brian Cuthbert, Peadar Healy and Ronan McCarthy, and was a member of the senior side that won the All-Ireland in 2010, the first on Leeside since 1990. In his ten year senior career he also won four national league titles, one Munster title and was named an All-Star in 2012.

Cork GAA paid tribute to O’Neill, thanking him for his dedication to for so many years while also wishing him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

O'Neill is the second player to depart from the footballers this year with Donnacha O'Connor announcing his retirement following Cork's exit from the championship.

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