Tributes have been flowing in for Sligo's Mark Breheny who announced his inter-county retirement this morning.
The St. Mary's clubman had the distinction of being the longest serving inter-county footballer in the country, having made his senior debut in an Allianz League match against Meath way back in October 2000.
One of best examples ever in Gaelic football of a man who played football the right way for the right reasons and always with a smile - a smashing footballer, an outstanding role model and an outstanding guy... thanks for the memories and best of luck in everything @sligogaa https://t.co/eIoLWQQEA7- Padraig McKeon (@PadraigMcKeon) January 14, 2018
All the best @mark_bre; never let the side down- damien gannon (@damiengannon25) January 14, 2018
Congratulations Mark, thanks for all the days out and the memories!- Seán McKeon (@SenSligo) January 14, 2018
From a fellow county man thank you for your efforts, dedication, skill and marksmanship #classyforward- PBrady (@p_mbrady) January 14, 2018
All the best Mark ypu have been a great servant ro the county enjoy retirement- joe sheridan (@garavogue) January 14, 2018
Hard to think of another player who's given more to a county than this guy. https://t.co/lmGDkFmrsj- David McIntyre (@DaveMcIntyreOTB) January 14, 2018
17 years, that's some going man. Well done on a great career.- Kieran Donaghy (@starryboy14) January 14, 2018
Congrats on a great career & for the commitment you have given to intercounty football here in Sligo . It's not retirement it's just the beginning of a new chapter & I wish you every success in that . Thanks Mark- sligosportphotos (@sligosportphoto) January 14, 2018
Sad to see another wonderful footballer finish up!! An Amazing innings, you did your family club and county proud @mark_bre ! I reckon I had most assists to ur scores tho#offtheshoulder #goosewalk- Eamonn O Hara (@EamonnOHara8) January 14, 2018
Look forward to the next chapter https://t.co/xVptYlKqm5
Congrats on a fantastic career Mark. They don't make them like you anymore. #wand- Glen Monaghan (@glen_monaghan) January 14, 2018