Ireland defender Áine O’Gorman has officially announced her retirement from international football.
Yesterday, 24 August, the 34-year-old stated on social media: “I've been privileged to represent my country with passion and pride 119 times and to put on the green jersey at the World Cup was beyond my wildest dreams,” said O’Gorman in a statement, who scored 13 times for Ireland.
"But now feels like the right time to retire, again, from international football and let the next generation get their chance."
The greatest honour 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/TTbqGUVjqF
— Áine O' Gorman (@Aineogor9) August 24, 2023
The Wicklow native earned 119 caps in green having made her senior debut at a mere 16 years old back in 2006. While initially ending her Ireland career in 2018, she made a return to the senior squad in 2020 under the guidance of Vera Pauw.
O’Gorman marked her World Cup debut during the match against Canada, which concluded in a 2-1 defeat. Pondering her international path following her return from Australia, she has now officially concluded her illustrious tenure with the Irish team.
O’Gorman concluded that she will continue her club football with Shamrock Rovers alongside pursuing her coaching badges.
"To all of my coaches through the years - too many to mention, but you know who you are - I would never have had the opportunity to achieve my dream without you.
"A special mention to the PFAI for their support in 2017 in helping to improve standards for the Women's National Team. Also to my employers, past and present, who always facilitated my dedication to play for Ireland.
"To my team-mates through the years, you are not just talented footballers but more important great people. We stuck together through it all and I've made friends for life and memories to last forever. And also thank you to all of the managers and staff members who have helped me at both club and international level.
"My family have been my greatest supporters and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. A special shout out to Mammy and Daddy, taxis when I needed them starting out and always there through the years.
"It is incredibly heartwarming to see the growth of women's football in Ireland. But getting to a first major tournament is only the start for our amazing little country."