A former Louth GAA goalkeeper who served as a Garda in Navan for the last 23 years retired on Saturday.

Chief Superintendent Joe Dollard and colleagues gave him a good send off.

The shy and retiring, in both senses, Dundalk dog lover, would only tell Meath Live, ‘I’ve had a good innings it”s time to move on.’

A winner of four senior championship medals, his first as a 17-year-old in 1987 when Clans overcame Newtown Blues, his

Paddy Clareke Eugene Judge Niall O Donnell and Colin Kelly in half time team talk in a LOuth game

Niall O Donnell with his dog Shes Ours

club was last among the elite in 2006 when O’Donnell acted as team trainer.