Roscommon’s most capped player of the New Millennium has officially announced his retirement.
Western Gaels defender Seán McDermott, known to his team-mates as Seánie Mac, played 178 times for the “Primrose and Blue”, including 49 championship and 96 National Football League matches for his county.
“It has been a great honour to play for Roscommon over the past 17 years, from minor level through to senior, and I have been privileged to have met, and played with, some great people along the way,” said McDermott.
A winner of two Connacht senior football championships with the Rossies in 2010 and 2017, McDermott thanked players and management teams he soldiered with during his career. He also thanked Roscommon supporters, his family and Western Gaels GAA Club, adding that he would continue playing with the Frenchpark-based club.
“I am looking forward to my next chapter in life, as I build on the success of the business I have recently started in Ballaghaderreen, and which allows me to channel my passion and skills as a barber.
“It was a huge honour to play for Roscommon for so long and I have nothing but great memories. I am now looking forward to becoming a great supporter in the years ahead,” he concluded.
Leading the tributes, Roscommon County Board Chairman Seamus Sweeney described McDermott as one of the county’s “best servants.”
“The longevity of his career is a testimony to his preparedness and attention to detail. An exceptional leader on and off the field, he helped many new players become settled members of the Roscommon senior panel,” he said.
Western Gaels Secretary Gary Jordan added that McDermott remained a “benchmark” for all players at the club.
“His career was so long, with unbroken service. He was never injured and was always available for his club. It’s hard to think that there will be many more like him,” he concluded.