Galway's Joyce retires from inter-county football

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Pádraic Joyce won two All-Ireland medals as Galway beat Kildare in 1998 and Meath in 2001

Galway legend Pádraic Joyce has decided to retire from inter-county football after 14 years service at senior level.

The 35-year-old made his debut for the Tribesmen in 1998, and went on to win two All-Ireland medals, three All-Stars awards and a Footballer of the Year award.

Ray Silke, who captained Galway to the 1998 All-Ireland, paid tribute to his former team-mate, calling him a “special” player.

Silke told RTÉ Sport: “He had a fantastic brain for Gaelic football. He saw things faster than other people did, pinpoint passing, incredibly cool under pressure.

“In 1998, in his first season, against Kildare he had a goal to score and he did it.

“In 2001 he took his points incredibly well, he was just a fantastic footballer, and deceptively strong, he was a very very strong player."

“There’s a bit of sadness in Galway football that he is the last on the 1998-2001 brigade” - Ray Silke

He added: “Some of his best displays were with Killererin, who he led to four county Championships, and on some occasions he was magnificent, scoring 1-10 and 3-06 and 2-08.

"The tallies he put up at club level were quite phenomenal.

"Joyce was a very special player and when you look back in the context of Connacht and Galway football he would be one of the finest forwards that we ever had.

“There’s a bit of sadness in Galway football that he is the last on the 1998-2001 brigade.” 

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