Longford footballer Paul Barden has announced his retirement from inter-county football. Paul has and still remains a great role model to everyone in sport for his unstinting service to Longford both on and off the field of play. His modesty is an example to all !
The Clonguish clubman, won three county titles with his club, turned 34 last July, made his championship debut for Longford way back in 1999 and until his decision, was one of the very few footballers left in the game who had made his inter-county debut in the 1990s.
Paul Barden was an outstanding footballer for Longford, generally lining out for the county mainly in the half-forward line during his long career. He enjoyed one of his best days in a Longford jersey last summer when he starred in our stunning All-Ireland Qualifier win over Derry in Celtic Park – a performance which earned him the GAA.ie Player of the Week award.
Paul also represented Ireland at International Rules level in the 2006 series, and won Railway Cup medals with Leinster in 2001 and 2002. He won an O’Byrne Cup medal with Longford in 1999 and National League medals in 2011 (Division IV) and 2012 (Division III).
We wish Paul all the best in his retirement from county football