Colm Boyle calls time on his Mayo GAA career
Colm Boyle, the recipient of four All-Star Awards, has announced his decision to retire as a member of the Mayo senior football squad.
The 35-year-old Davitts clubman informed manager James Horan’s of his decision following a distinguished career.
Boyle made his senior debut in 2008, winning six Connacht SFC titles and playing in five All-Ireland finals, including the 2016 replay defeat to Dublin.
The accomplished and inspirational defender, a member of An Garda Siochána based in Westport, captured his All-Stars awards in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
His career suffered a setback last year when he incurred a cruciate ligament injury - but he returned to the Mayo squad on his return to fitness.
Boyle was part of the squad that reached the All-Ireland senior football final against Tyrone last September.
He is widely regarded as one of the finest players ever to don the green and red jersey.
Since news of his retirement was revealed this morning by the Mayo News, many tributes have been paid to Boyle across social media as the county's GAA supporters thank him for his outstanding service and loyalty.
In a statement, Mayo GAA Mayo GAA sincerely thanked Colm Boyle for his incredible service and commitment to Mayo football over the past 14 years.
It continued: "Colm was a very loyal and dedicated player for both club and county and his passion and pride when wearing the green and red jersey will always be remembered by Mayo GAA supporters at home and abroad.
"Colm wore his heart on his sleeve and that is why he had such a special connection and bond with the Mayo supporters.
"'Boyler' will always be remembered for his lung busting runs from the half back line and his ferocious tackling.
"Colm made 120 league and championship appearances for Mayo during his career. He won four All-Star awards in 2013, 2014 2016 and 2017 and he collected six Connacht titles during his career. He won a National Football League in 2019 and an Under-21 All-Ireland title with Mayo in 2006.
Mayo G.A.A chairman Liam Moffatt said Colm gave outstanding commitment and service to Mayo G.A.A.
"Colm was an exceptional underage player for his club Davitts and followed these very high standards up when he progressed to inter-county football.
"His absolute commitment to the cause, whether it be a training session or an All-Ireland dinal, never waived and he inspired so many with his endeavours. Mayo GAA wishes Colm and his family the very best of luck in the future."
Colm's Roll of Honour
All-Ireland Under-21 medal 2006
Connacht Under-21 in 2006, 2007
Connacht Senior, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020, 2021
National League 2019
4 All-Stars Awards 2013, 2014, 2016 2017.