Donegal were defeated by Dublin last weekend, and following that result stalwarts Eamon McGee and Colm McFadden decided to retire from the county team.
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher now has to turn his attention to next year, and hope that he can capture a trophy at the third time of asking, and without two experienced players.
There was all-round praise for those two elder statesmen on Twitter, and here are some of the best tweets we saw.
Congrats on a great career @EamonMcGee . An inspiration to any young player out there. Enjoy retirement.
— Declan O Sullivan (@declansull11) August 11, 2016
— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) August 8, 2016
A word on Eamon McGee. Dropped from Donegal panel by four different managers, and then came within whisker of man of match in All-Ireland.
— Kieran Copacabana (@KCsixtyseven) August 8, 2016
— Rory’s Stories (@RorysStories) August 8, 2016
— Harry Walsh (@HarryWalsh65) August 8, 2016
— GPA (@gaelicplayers) August 8, 2016
Colm McFadden calls it a day after a great career. Great player and a gentleman. @officialdonegal
— Adrian Logan (@OurLogie) August 8, 2016
It’s an end of an era for @officialdonegal with Colm McFadden retiring. That cultured jink and left foot will live long on the memory.
— Anthony McGrath (@anthonymcgrath7) August 7, 2016
Sad to see Colm McFadden retire. Top man, his performances in 2012 will never be forgotten. One of Donegal’s greatest servants.
— Mark Gallagher (@bailemg) August 6, 2016
Colm McFadden has retired. His impact on big games was massive. And he was sensible enough to stay off social media.Good luck to him.
— Kieran Copacabana (@KCsixtyseven) August 6, 2016