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#Hanging up the boots

Ireland midfielder David Meyler forced to retire at 30

The midfielder thanked his family for helping ‘a young boy live out his dreams’ as a knee injury caught up with him.

From The42 Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole announces retirement from football Finito

Former Chelsea and England defender Ashley Cole announces retirement from football

The left-back won Premier League and Champions League titles, and picked up over a hundred caps for England during a 20-year career.

Ex-Man City and England defender Micah Richards retires aged 31

He won the Premier League title in 2012, but was most recently on the books at Aston Villa.

Ex-Liverpool and Roma midfielder Aquilani announces retirement

The former Italian international has decided to call it a day at the age of 34.

From The42 Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea defender Johnson announces retirement Calling Time

Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea defender Johnson announces retirement

The 34-year-old, who began his career at West Ham, earned 54 caps for England.

'I had 70 and 80-year-old men coming up to me in tears. That kind of summed it up'

Killian Brennan reflects on an incredible career in the League of Ireland after announcing his retirement this week.

From The42 Dublin's 2013 Leinster-winning captain calls time on inter-county hurling career Bowing Out

Dublin's 2013 Leinster-winning captain calls time on inter-county hurling career

Johnny McCaffrey made his senior debut in 2006.

From The42 Derry star forward and former captain Lynch calls it a day after 15 years A Class Act

Derry star forward and former captain Lynch calls it a day after 15 years

Mark Lynch has retired from inter-county football.

Former Ireland International Player of the Year Karen Duggan announces retirement aged 27

The Peamount footballer made her Ireland debut in 2013 and has also secured All-Ireland camogie titles with Kilkenny.

From The42 The longest serving inter-county footballer confirms retirement after 19 seasons Clucker

The longest serving inter-county footballer confirms retirement after 19 seasons

Ryan McCluskey made his Fermanagh debut in 2000 and was an integral figure on route to the All-Ireland semi-finals in 2004.

Lions captain Sam Warburton announces surprise retirement from rugby at 29

It’s a major blow for Wales head coach Warren Gatland ahead of next year’s World Cup in Japan.

From The42 All Blacks legend Conrad Smith to hang up his boots at the end of the season Legend

All Blacks legend Conrad Smith to hang up his boots at the end of the season

The 36-year-old won two World Cups with New Zealand.

After over 400 appearances for Man United, Carrick confirms he's retiring at the end of the season

The former England midfielder has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, the Europa League and the FA Cup with the Red Devils.

From The42 Dutch record caps holder Sneijder retires from international football Announcement

Dutch record caps holder Sneijder retires from international football

After a meeting with new manager Ronald Koeman, the former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder is packing it in with the Netherlands.

From The42 End of an era as long-serving Limerick duo call time on their inter-county careers Bowing Out

End of an era as long-serving Limerick duo call time on their inter-county careers

Johnny McCarthy and Seanie Buckley have called it a day.

Gaelic football's longest-serving inter-county player calls it a day after 17 years

Sligo forward Mark Breheny has announced his retirement this morning.

From The42 Eight-time Connacht champion Alan Dillon calls time on his Mayo career Great Servant

Eight-time Connacht champion Alan Dillon calls time on his Mayo career

‘I stand here at the end of this ride, knowing I gave it my all.’

From The42 'I had the operation and was told I’d be training in six weeks. Six months passed and I couldn’t run properly' Interview

'I had the operation and was told I’d be training in six weeks. Six months passed and I couldn’t run properly'

Former League of Ireland footballer Ian Ryan talks about having to retire in his prime years and how he has remained involved in the game.

The Yak is done! Ex-Premier League striker retires on his 35th birthday

The Nigerian scored 95 goals during spells with Everton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers.

From The42 The last link to Westmeath's 2004 Leinster-winning team has called it a day End Of An Era

The last link to Westmeath's 2004 Leinster-winning team has called it a day

Denis Glennon is hanging up his inter-county boots.

'I feel privileged and grateful': Connacht legend Naoupu calls time on 15-year career

The powerful back-row forward played 102 times for the western province.

From The42 'Boy, is he a character!' - Leinster gutted McCarthy can't make France move Retired

'Boy, is he a character!' - Leinster gutted McCarthy can't make France move

The 35-year-old has been forced to retire with immediate effect.

The Donegal retirements continue as Gallagher the latest All-Ireland winner to depart

Injury has forced the Glenswilly man to call it a day.

From The42 Vidic, Gerrard, Reid and more of our favourite footballers who hung up their boots in 2016 Legends

Vidic, Gerrard, Reid and more of our favourite footballers who hung up their boots in 2016

From League of Ireland heroes to World Cup winners.

From The42 Limerick stalwart calls time on inter-county career Over And Out

Limerick stalwart calls time on inter-county career

Pa Ranahan, 32, has decided to bow out after last weekend’s defeat to Cork.

Dublin's Conal Keaney announces his retirement from the inter-county game

The dual star has called time on his career with the Dubs.

Andy Goode forced to retire just two months after joining London Irish

Goode retires as the Premiership’s second-highest points scorer.

From The42 Leinster will lose a key leader with retirement of cult hero Jennings Standard Setter

Leinster will lose a key leader with retirement of cult hero Jennings

The 33-year-old yesterday announced his decision to hang up his boots at the season’s end.

From The42 Ireland's 'Ginger Pele' Gary Doherty has announced his retirement Sad Day

Ireland's 'Ginger Pele' Gary Doherty has announced his retirement

The Doc is hanging up his boots at the age of 34.

After 287 goals and 5 Premier League promotions, 40-year-old Kevin Phillips is retiring

The veteran Leicester City striker has announced that he will call it a day this weekend.

'I was one of the lucky ones' - Gary Connaughton retires from Westmeath

The legendary goalkeeper has called time on his inter-county career.

From The42 Hanging up the boots: The Premier League retiring XI CALLING IT A DAY

Hanging up the boots: The Premier League retiring XI

The list reads like a pretty decent Championship Manager 03/04 team.

McMenamin retires from Tyrone

The long-serving defender has bowed out after 13 years in the inter-county football game.

Bergin announces retirement from the Tribesmen

Galway manager Alan Mulholland will have to plan without one of his longest serving players for the 2013 season.

Dan Parks retires from Scotland with immediate effect

The fly-half has called time on his international career less than a week into this year’s Six Nations.