Brian Dooher quits Tyrone duty after a 16-year career

Brian Dooher
Brian Dooher lifts the Sam Maguire Cup in 2008 after the victory over Kerry

Tyrone football captain Brian Dooher has retired from intercounty duty.

County board PRO Damien Harvey confirmed to BBC Sport that Dooher, 36, had called time on his Tyrone career after 16 years in the Red Hand shirt.

The Clann na nGael clubman has won three All-Ireland medals in a glittering career and captained their Sam Maguire triumphs in 2005 and 2008.

Dooher, renowned for his all-action style, also won five Ulster medals, two National Leagues and three All-Stars.

His remarkable energy levels made him a vital component of Mickey Harte's side but injury has affected Dooher's career in recent years.

The veteran was used primarily as an impact sub during this year's Championship and was introduced for his final Tyrone game in this year's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat by eventual Sam Maguire winners Dublin.

Tyrone PRO Harvey described Dooher as a "wonderful servant" to the county.

"Brian has been through many serious and career-threatening injuries during that period of time however he will go down in history as the first Tyrone man to captain us to two All-Ireland Senior Championships," added the Tyrone official.

"The senior football team will miss his unrelenting drive and very special leadership qualities.

"He has and will continue to be an inspiration to the current Tyrone panel of players and the many hundreds of club and underage players in the county.

"The Tyrone GAA family will remember him as someone who worked harder than anyone has ever worked to succeed in a Tyrone jersey."

County GAA chairman Ciaran McLaughlin described Dooher as the "heartbeat of the most successful Tyrone senior football team that we have ever had".

"Brian's preparation and dedication to Tyrone football over the majority of the last two decades has been incredible.

"He was and I hope will continue to be a brilliant ambassador for Tyrone GAA," added Mr McLaughlin.