When I was thinking about who to include in this series, there was no doubt I couldn’t leave out this absolute legend.
When I look back on the incredible footballers Mayo have had throughout history this is one player who could never be thanked enough for his incredible service to GAA in County Mayo Ciaran Mc Donald.
Making his debut in 1994, Its safe to say the Crossmolina Deel Rovers star gave us some amazing memories throughout his time in the Mayo jersey.
Spending an incredible 14 years representing Mayo, Mc Donald went on to achieve 4 Connaught Senior Titles and 1x All Star winner.
When it was announced that Mc Donald was joining the Mayo coaching panel alongside James Horan, I couldn’t have thought of a better player for the job. Although like many other Mayo fans I would love to see what would happen if he were playing alongside the likes of Cillian O’Connor, Paddy Durcan , you feel as if his arrival was a well needed new breath of fresh air in Mayo football. Many members of the current panel mention McDonald as one of their inspirations growing up, there is a saying never meet your heroes but when you get to learn from a legend like Ciaran I would love to know what its like getting to learn from your hero.
He is known for being the most gifted player to ever pick up a GAA ball and as a Mayo fan having an exceptional talent like Ciaran wear the green and red colours.
During recent times you would do anything to revisit the amazing memories that McDonald gave us throughout the years.
Today when you watch Ciaran’s interview with Second Captains you gain even more respect for him as not only player but a human being when you can tell how much the game means to him. As a Mayo fan obviously I’d want to give every player an All Ireland medal but I cant think of any other player that would be top of the list to get one.
When you think of Mayo football throughout the early 2000’s Mc Donald would be the first name that comes in to your head, the braids, the power and pride which went onto to make the Mc Donald name like royalty in Mayo GAA history.
Throughout my posts I always say you can never thank Mayo players for their service to Mayo GAA and I think trying to thank Ciaran will never be enough no matter how hard you try.
Its no doubt he’s a player you would want to just sit down and hear all the incredible stories of his career and and the amazing legacy in Mayo GAA.
They say in anything in life you should always appreciate the people who came before you and there is a saying often imitated never duplicated, when I try to think of players to include in this series one of the main factors I include is the impacted they made throughout their time and its fair to say the name Ciaran McDonald will forever be known as one of Mayo’s greatest servant to Mayo GAA.