Kildare native Emma Byrne to hang up her boots as ROI goalkeeper

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Kildare native Emma Byrne to hang up her boots as ROI goalkeeper

Emma Byrne. Photo: www.FAI.com

Leixlip native Emma Byrne has announced her retirement from soccer.

Byrne was goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland for 21 years.

She made her debut with the squad in 1996, as a 17-year-old teenager.

She joined the Arsenal squad in 2000. Her contract finished with the Gunners in December 2016.

Byrne capped 134 times for Ireland.

She was joint winner of Leixlip’s Sport Civic Awards in 2013

Emma announced her decision on Twitter this morning:

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD paid tribute to Emma on her retirement. 

Speaking today Minister Ross said: “Emma has captained Ireland, and represented this country outstandingly well over the last two decade on the international scene.

"She is a true inspiration for the next generation and I know her team mates in the Ireland camp will miss her, but she leaves an outstanding legacy for them to build on. She will go down as one of the all-time great Irish players. We all wish her the best in her retirement from playing and every success as she begins the next chapter.”