Alan Dillon

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Alan Dillon
Personal information
Irish name Alan Ó Diolun
Sport Gaelic Football
Position Left Half Forward
Born (1982-09-28) 28 September 1982 (age 36)
Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Occupation Senior Validation Consultant
Club(s)
Years Club
1999– Ballintubber
Club titles
Mayo titles 4
Inter-county(ies)*
Years County Apps (scores)
2003–2017 Mayo 134 (3–225)
Inter-county titles
Connacht titles 8
All Stars 2
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 28 November 2017.

Alan Dillon (born 28 September 1982) is a two time All Star winning Gaelic footballer for Mayo and previous captain of the Mayo senior Gaelic football team.[1]

Career[edit]

He played football with his local club Ballintubber in Mayo and was a pivotal member of the Mayo senior football team from 2003 until his retirement in 2017, playing in 6 All-Ireland finals. His fine-tuned skill, his sharp roving eye & his clever reading of the game all contribute to his exceptional footballing abilities. Dillon won his first All Star award in 2006[2] and a second All Star award in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Dillon has participated in a marketing campaign for Ireland West Airport Knock.[3] Dillon attended Davitt College in Castlebar for his Secondary school education.[4] He studied at NUI Galway,[5] and played for the university football team.[6]

Retirement[edit]

On 28 November 2017, Dillon announced his retirement from inter-county football.[7][8][9]

Following his retirement from inter-county football in 2017 there was much speculation that Dillon would replace former Taoiseach Enda Kenny as a Fine Gael candidate for Mayo.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dillon to captain Mayo". Hoganstand.com. 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-05-27.
  2. ^ "Champions Kerry top All Star list". RTÉ. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Donegal GAA stars join forces as Ambassadors for Ireland West Airport Knock". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.mayonews.ie/sports/31206-alan-dillon-the-man-who-made-it-look-easy
  5. ^ "NUI Galway students and alumni head for Croke Park with Mayo senior football finalists". 17 September 2013. Archived from the original on 17 December 2016. The Mayo squad contains a large number of current and former students including Ger Cafferkey, Jason Doherty, Alan Dillon, Conor O'Shea, Shane McHale, Chris Barrett and Cathal Freeman. Former Inter-County star James Nallen, who is a selector with the Mayo side, is a Chief Technical Officer in NUI Galway's School of Physics.
  6. ^ "Gardiner digs deep to bury IT Sligo". Irish Independent. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011. Mayo's Peadar Gardiner, Alan Dillon and Ronan Rochford inspired NUI Galway to an impressive victory in Ballinode.... Jason Doherty smacked another goal attempt off an upright, but managed to point the rebound. Paul Garvey's pointed free at the other end kept it tight, but Keating's red card a minute later cost IT Sligo dearly, with Fiacra Deasmhunhaigh and Doherty claiming goals inside the 10 minutes that followed.
  7. ^ "Eight-time Connacht champion Alan Dillon calls time on his Mayo career". The 42. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/ciar%C3%A1n-murphy-alan-dillon-leaves-knowing-he-gave-it-his-all-1.3309787
  9. ^ https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2017/1128/923311-alan-dillon-calls-it-a-day-with-mayo/
  10. ^ http://www.thejournal.ie/alan-dillon-fine-gael-3727918-Dec2017/
  11. ^ http://www.mayonews.ie/news/31209-fine-gael-and-footballer-alan-dillon-in-talks-about-surprise-general-election-bid-2