BARRY Moran from Castlebar has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
The 32 year-old made 70 appearances for the Mayo senior team (35 in both league and championship) and won six Connacht senior championship medals during an illustrious career.
The Mayo News understands that Moran is set to begin a two-year assignment in France with his employer, Allergan. He has been based at their site in Westport in recent years where he works as an Associate Director of Finance.
The Castlebar Mitchels clubman has informed Mayo management and his former team-mates of his decision to retire, but he is expected to continue to line out with his club for the foreseeable future.
Moran made his senior championship debut for Mayo in the 2005 Connacht SFC against Roscommon and won an All-Ireland Under-21 championship medal in 2006.
In recent seasons, he has won four Mayo senior club championship medals and two Connacht club championships.
Meanwhile, Andy Moran says that he is going to ‘reflect, enjoy the summer and see what happens’ in relation to his inter-county future.
The 2017 Footballer of the Year will be 35 in November, and told local radio last week: ‘My body has probably never felt as good, if I’m being honest. It’s the whole second kid syndrome that will dictate what I’m going to do’ referring to the recent birth of his son, Ollie. ‘There’s no doubt about it, I’m coming to the end of my career at some stage’ he added.
Elsewhere, Mayo manager Stephen Rochford was an interested spectator at last Saturday’s All-Ireland Under-20 football semi-final between Mayo and Derry.
He was also among the crowd at Croke Park on Sunday for the Super 8 games between Kildare and Monaghan, and Galway and Kerry.