There has, understandably, been a significant amount of media coverage following Lee Keegan’s retirement announcement yesterday. It’s a testament to the esteem in which Lee is held that the prevailing narrative throughout all this coverage is one that extols the leadership qualities and never-say-die attitude that made Lee such a fans’ favourite, not just among Mayo people but for followers of Gaelic football everywhere.
Reading through the coverage is a bittersweet experience, knowing that we’ll never again see Lee line out in the Green and Red. It’s worth taking some time to pore over it, though, so I thought it would be a good idea to provide links to the best bits here.
Let’s start with one of Lee’s teammates, his half-back soulmate Colm Boyle. He penned a tribute to Lee in the Irish Mirror – that’s here.
Fergal Boland spoke with Donnchadh Boyle in the Irish Independent about the “absolute freak” Lee was on the football pitch – here.
Other pieces worth reading include ones from Colm Keys in the Irish Independent (here), Malachy Clerkin in the Irish Times (here), Maurice Brosnan (here) and Kieran Shannon (here) in the Irish Examiner, Karl O’Kane in the Irish Mirror (here), Emma Duffy in The 42 (here), Patrick McCarry, giving a Dublin supporter’s perspective, in Sports Joe (here).
Sports Joe have also got a Lee Keegan quiz, which you can take here.
Speaking of audio, Rob recorded a super Mayo Podcast bonus episode for Patreon club members last night, where he was joined by Colm Boyle, Billy Joe Padden and Edwin McGreal to chat about Lee and his legacy as a Mayo footballer. That’s available for our club members here.
Finally, both Billy Joe and Ed have pieces about Lee in this week’s Mayo News, which is available today in paper and digital variants.
Now I think I’ll go off and have small weep for myself.