Monaghan football retirements: Clontibret duo Mone and Corey end county careers

Dessie Mone helped Monaghan win the 2013 and 2015 Ulster titles
Mone shows his disappointment after Monaghan's All-Ireland semi-final defeat by Tyrone in 2018

Monaghan veterans Dessie Mone and Vinny Corey have both retired from intercounty football after distinguished careers.

Mone, 35, announced his intercounty retirement in a brief tweet which said: 'Sin é#no regrets."external-link

The exit of his Clontibret club-mate Corey was later confirmed by the club.

"Clontibret wish a happy and fruitful retirement from inter-county football to two of our all-time stalwarts Vinnie Corey and Dessie Mone," they tweeted.

The Clontibret duo helped Monaghan clinch the 2013 and 2015 Ulster titles.

Both were exceptionally versatile players with Mone's attributes including being one of the best man markers in the modern game with Corey also capable of playing in numerous positions.

While Monaghan have been one of the top Ulster teams in the last decade, they missed out on an All-Ireland Final appearance during that period.

They closest they got to a place in the Sam Maguire decider came last year when they were narrowly beaten by Tyrone in the semi-finals.

The versatile Mone, who began his career in 2004, was a substitute in that match while Corey made his Monaghan debut in 2003.

Following news of Mone's intercounty retirement, the Gaelic Players Association paid tribute to the Clontibret man, describing him as a "mainstay of the Monaghan team since his debut in 2004".

Seamus McEnaney is now in charge of Monaghan after Malachy O'Rourke's resignation following this year's championship.

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