McConville reflects on GAA career

Published Monday, 25 February 2013
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GAA veteran Oisin McConville has told UTV he had to be talked out of retirement almost a year ago.

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At the weekend the Crossmaglen Rangers star announced he had decided to hang up his boots after 20 years as a senior player and more than 30 playing football.

During that time with Crossmaglen and Armagh he has won virtually every honour in gaelic football, including 16 Armagh county medals, 10 Ulster Club championship titles, six All Ireland club wins, one All Ireland title with Armagh and two All Stars.

But he said that he admitted that it was actually last year when he was considering concluding his prolific sporting career.

"The management persuaded me to stay on for a year, so I'm glad I stayed on. I really enjoyed my last year playing football but I feel as if there's not another year in me," he explained.

Out of many, there's no doubt in the Armagh man's mind about the highlight of his career- the All Ireland win with the County in 2002 against Kerry.

"The missed penalty is something that never goes away," he laughed.

"But I suppose the fact that I missed the penalty in the first half, but I suppose it gave me a chance at half time to gather myself and when I came out in the second half I decided I was going to work as hard as I could and lucky enough I got the end of a good move.

"I ended up getting a goal and I suppose that erases the memory of the penalty, the fact that we went on to win the game- obviously that was Armagh's first all Ireland and to be honest for a long time we never thought that day would come.

"It was a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of frustration for Armagh supporters over the years."

But McConville has said he won't be a stranger to GAA, as he intends to get more involved with coaching and possibly move into managing at club or county level - with either Cross or the Orchard County.

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