Strong announces retirement from intercounty football with Laois

Rory Delaney


Rory Delaney


Incredible commitment of Laois players should be rewarded with support this weekend

Darren Strong in action against Tipperary. Pic: Alf Harvey/

Darren Strong has announced his retirement from intercounty football, as the Emo man has opted to call it a day ahead of the 2019 season.

A regular for Laois since making the breakthrough onto the panel almost a decade ago, Strong featured for Laois throughout their NFL Division 4 campaign and run to the Leinster SFC final earlier this year. However, with a thriving sportswear business, the demands of intercounty football have proved too much, and he has opted call time on his career with Laois.

Strong established himself as a mainstay during Justin McNulty's tenure, as he made the right-wing back slot his own. Despite playing predominantly in defence he was a regular scorer for Laois, and became a vital cog in the team which qualified for the All-Ireland quarter-finals in 2012.

He showed his versatility last year when he won back his place on the starting team as a corner-back, playing there in the Leinster final against Dublin. He was a ferociously committed player and put in a huge effort in terms of training and perparation also, as we mentioned in this article last year.

He currently runs a sportswear business, DS Sports, which has grown year-on-year, and he now covers orders from all 32 counties for GAA gear. He recently got married and completed building a house also, and the time constraints he forced him to step away.

With his club, Emo, he has won two Laois IFC titles as well as taking Portlaoise to a replay in the 2015.