Branagan's retirement u-turn paying dividends

January 14, 2020

Kilcoo's Aidan Branagan and Ross McGarry of Ballyboden St. Enda's

Aidan Branagan had retired from gaelic football until Mickey Moran agreed to become Kilcoo manager.

Less than a year after opting to call it a day, 36-year-old co-captain Branagan will lead The Magpies into Sunday’s All-Ireland Club SFC final against Corofin at Croke Park:

“Last year I said I wasn’t coming back. We had four children all under five at that stage and the farm… I was very busy and I’m a carpenter as well so I thought it was time to call time on it,” he told The Irish News.

“I declared myself out and then we were looking for a new manager and I was brought in to be one of the boys to talk to the managers. We were talking to Mickey but he was a bit of a myth and we never thought we would get him because we thought he had retired, we thought he was quit.

“Then when we went to talk to him and he was interested. We couldn’t believe it and everybody was just buzzing. It changed everything.”

Most Read Stories