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Christy Toye reflects on a career of success and defiance

 This article was originally published in The Irish Times. The very last person who wants to talk about Christy Toye is Christy Toye. The recent news that the Donegal senior GAA footballer was to pack away his county jersey after 15 years saw an outpouring of admiration and appreciation in Donegal and beyond. A career that spanned All-Ireland wins and a chronic facial pain condition had come to an end. The huge reaction to his retirement has bewildered Toye though. He was never in it for the glory – just to make his parish and his county proud. “It was brilliant,” he said of the response. “I don’t know why. Maybe they see somebody who is injured and kept going and came back? Maybe they recognise the effort you put into going back on the pitch?” No other player has scored more Championship goals for Donegal in Croke Park than the Creeslough man. He also holds three Ulster titles, one All-Ireland, a National League and has captained the team. But it isn’t only his ability …

Daring to dream again – An interview with Eamon McGee

Irish Examiner – 01 August 2015 Caitríona McBride went to school with Eamon McGee, where she had to defend her pencil case from the future Donegal defender. They met recently to bring his story up to date.  By Caitríona Mc Bride RELIEF. That was the first thing Donegal defender Eamon McGee felt when the county won the All-Ireland final in 2012. There are no heartfelt tales of green and gold ticker tape parades, no recollections of ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ renditions, nor stories of the copious amounts of champagne and other beverages consumed. Celebrations at achieving something the county had waited 20 years for were certainly jubilant. But mainly there was sheer relief. They had won. They had trained and worked like hell and then trained even more, but most importantly, Eamon says, they had believed. They believed in Jim McGuinness, the manager who had come along and taught them they could have Sam Maguire. The fight was over, they were mentally and physically exhausted but the work had paid off. Eamon, a defender on the …