Statement: Donal Vaughan announces his Retirement

  • Jan 03,2021

Donal Vaughan has today confirmed that he is retiring from inter-county football. Donal made his debut for the Green above the Red versus Derry in the National football league in 2009 and amassed 117 appearances over a highly accomplished career. His 58 championship appearances began in New York in 2009 and culminated in the 2019 All-Ireland semi-final versus Dublin. 

Representing Mayo in the defence, midfield and the attack Donal amassed a score of 3-41 over his career, one which brought seven Senior Provincial titles, one National league title and All-Star nominations. He also represented Mayo at Minor and U21 level, winning two U21 Connacht titles, in 2008 and 2009.

Statement from Donal Vaughan: It is with a heavy heart that I have come to the decision that the time is now right to hang up my boots. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the army of Mayo fans for all of their support over the years - especially to those who took the time to send me cards, letters & messages. I would like to thank all of my current & previous management, medical, county board officers & support teams who have helped me over the years. I would also like to thank all of the people who helped to develop me as a footballer from an early age. 

To my parents John & Tricia, my sisters Ailish, Laura & Mary, all close & extended family & friends who have followed me to every corner of the country, I will never forget your love & support.

My wife Mairéad has been a pillar of support to me & I would like to take this opportunity to thank her. I'm looking forward to going to games in the future with her & our new born son Eddie & cheering Mayo on. To my fellow teammates who I have soldiered with over the last twelve years. It has been an honour & a privilege to wear the green & red alongside you with pride. Men of outstanding character & relentless drive. Finally, I would like to acknowledge how tough a year this has been for everybody. Stay strong & stay safe. Maigh Eo Abú, Donie

Statement from Mayo GAA Chairman Liam Moffatt: On behalf of Mayo GAA I would like to thank Donal for his outstanding commitment to Mayo GAA over the last 12 years. Donal delivered so many outstanding performances and did so as the consummate team player. He endeavoured to improve himself on and off the pitch and his drive and positive approach made him a cornerstone of a hugely competitive Mayo team. Finally I would like to wish Donal & his family all the best in 2021 and beyond.