OFFALY’S longest serving current inter-couty player Ciaran McManus has chosen to hang up his inter-county boots bringing to an end a memorable 16 year career.
The Tubber man first lined out for Offaly in 1996 at wing-forward against Louth in Navan although he spent the majority of his career in midfield. He won a Leinster championship medal in 1997 and also has Division 1, 2 and 4 Football League winners medals. He captained Offaly to victory in the Division 2 Final in 2004.
Speaking on Midlands 103 he explained that while the delay in appointing a new Senior Football Manager had been a factor, it was more a case of the time being right for him now.
“I felt it was probably the right time, with the new management in. They obviously have a two or three-year programme, and if you were to add three years to where I am now, I’d be nearly 40.”
He has played almost 200 matches for Offaly between league and championship in his career.
Offaly County Board Chairman Pat Teehan paid tribute to Ciaran McManus. He said that Ciaran’s contribution to Offaly football over the last 15 years was ‘outstanding’.
“He has always given 100% to Offaly football and has represented his country with distinction on many occasions. There can be no doubt that Ciaran played a major part in Offaly’s Leinster title success in 1997 and subsequent National Football league titles in Division 1, 2 & 4.
“His departure from the inter county scene will be lamented by many a Faithful fan and I wish him every success in the future and he no doubt will play a part in Offaly football at some level in the years to come.
McManus will continue to line out for his native Tubber which was another factor in his decision to step down from the inter-county stage.