By Aaron Dunne
LOTS eyebrows were raised at the beginning of this season when Paul Mannion introduced he was stepping away from the Dublin senior football team.
Having just turned 28 in the previous few weeks, it felt like there was a lot even more to be won in a career that had actually already seen the Kilmacud Crokes celebrity gather an amazing six All-Ireland medals, 7 Leinster titles and also 3 All-Stars in the process.
And also it was at a PwC event this week noting the 50th anniversary of the All-Star plan that Mannion revelaed the factors he had actually made a decision to stop.
, it’s around the clock week to week. “I just felt I couldn’t devote myself fully as well as appropriately to all those areas, and also if you do not feel you can do that it’s unfair to me or to the team so it was time to go. “I have actually had no major injuries, I’ve been very lucky. However I just intended to go and do various other things while I’m still young.”This time around in 2014 I never foresaw myself not being included this year. Yet I constantly said I would certainly take annually as it comes. Right now I’m actually delighted. It’s the small points. Birthday celebrations, family time, playing a bit of golf. Im actually learning exactly how to play the guitar presently which is in fact rather discouraging!
Former Kerry Footballer Pat Spillane present at the launch of PwC’s celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of the All-Stars at Croke Park in Dublin. Ireland’s a lot of respected sports awards were first offered in 1971. “This moment last year I never ever anticipated myself not being involved this year. But I always claimed I ‘d take annually as it comes. At the
minute I’m actually satisfied. It’s the tiny points. Birthday celebrations, household time, playing a little bit of golf. Im actually discovering how to play the guitar at the moment which is in fact fairly aggravating!”However yeah I’m truly delighted now, it’s excellent to have that life balance back. Yet I still watch the video games, I’m still a Dublin fan. “Asked regarding his much-loved minute in a Dublin jersey– a job that saw him win 6 Celtic Crosses– Mannion claimed that his really first day out was the one that will certainly hold the most special memories for him.”My Dublin launching, my very first time putting on that jersery as well as abandoning to Croke Park, that was as special as it comes. Of all that we achieved, as well as it actually is an unique team, that first day was the realisation of all your childhood dreams.”It was actually an Organization game versus Cork and I got knocked senseless! But you could never beat that sensation, it was really unique.”Asked if he really felt others might follow his path to earl retirement, Mannion worried that it was quite an individual decision.”I don’t recognize if lots of will certainly or not. I really hope not. You should have the ability to appreciate a lengthy profession in GAA without really feeling the pressure or the need to step away early. But everybody is different. Individuals ought to value other individuals’s decisions.”Although no more with the team, Mannion states Dessie Farrell’s males– who get on the search for seven Sam Maguires straight– will certainly need to be at their best.
“6 in a row was unprecedented, it was actually satisfying,” he claimed of December’s All-Ireland last win over Mayo. “The boys this year will have the same attitude as well as focus as if they were opting for their first, so I’m eagerly anticipating sitting back and also enjoy it.”
Caption: At the launch of PwC’s event of the 50th wedding anniversary of the All-Stars at Croke Park in Dublin, are, from left, Waterford Hurler Tadgh de Búrca, former Kerry Footballer Pat Spillane, former Dublin Footballer Paul Mannion as well as former Kilkenny Hurler Henry Shefflin. Ireland’s the majority of prominent sports awards were initial offered in 1971. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile