BALLYBODEN St Enda’s Conal Keaney will certainly step back from intercounty GAA after 20 years, going across both football and also tossing codes to immaculate impact, winning Leinster champions in both.
In hurling, he was a protagonist in Dublin hurling’s most recent greatest days such as the NHL Department 1 last success of 2011 and also, two years later, when Dublin raised the Bob O’Keeffe Cup as Leinster champs.
That extraordinary success saw Dublin end a 52-year wait to be crowned Leinster champions before losing directly in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Cork.
The Dubs, under the administration of Anthony Daly, had beaten Galway in the rural decider with a destructive screen to prevail 2-25 to 2-13 having actually defeated both Kilkenny and also Wexford in replays earlier in their effective Leinster campaign.
“He was a great player, and also if there was one point that was the stimulant for us kicking on from 2010 it was him coming,” said the Dublin manager of that time, Anthony Daly. “It was massive. It seemed to fill the remainder of the young boys with tough belief as well.”
Keaney started his inter-county senior career in his Leaving Cert year with the hurlers in 2001 and represented the area in both codes at minor, Under-21 and senior degree.
In 2003 he belonged to the Dublin group that defeated Kilkenny in a memorable Walsh Cup final in Parnell Park.
Throughout his elderly football days he belonged to 5 Dublin Leinster SFC winning panels along with landing an All-Ireland Under-21 Champion in 2003.
He joined the senior panel in 2005 and also scored 1-4 in his first senior champion suit against Longford en path to rural last success versus Laois in which he additionally racked up the first point.
In the 2006 Leinster victory, he landed 16 factors in 3 video games as the title was retained as well as a third title complied with in 2007 with Laois the challenger for a 3rd succeeding year. He landed 6 factors in the 2008 final win over Wexford prior to and after that landed another three points in 2009’s last against Kildare.
Following the 2010 season, he reverted back to the county’s hurlers. He likewise won 3 Train Cup titles, 2 with the Leinster hurlers and one with the Leinster footballers.
His club career with Ballyboden St Enda’s has likewise produced big success, claiming an All-Ireland senior football title in 2016 together with 2 Leinster senior football titles, 7 Dublin senior tossing champion titles as well as 3 Dublin elderly football titles.
PHOTO– Conal Keaney at work for Dublin in 2011. Picture: Stephen Findlater