Byrne retires from pro game


Bray forward Kurtis Byrne has hung up his boots - at least as far as the professional game is concerned. On Thursday last, he tweeted that it was with 'mixed emotions' that at only 32, he had decided to retire from professional football.

The son of the well-regarded Paul Byrne, Kurtis spent his early career years at clubs in Scotland, notably Hibernian, but made an impact on his return to Irish football with Dundalk, where in 2014 and 2015 he contributed to two League and four Cup victories. He moved to Bohemians and then to St Patricks Athletic. He won more Cup and League trophies in Wales with the New Saints before signing for Waterford in 2020. Kurtis spent the 2021 season at Athlone Town, and signed for Bray in December that year.

On Saturday last (two days later), Bluebell United announced that he had been signed for them. Bluebell was where his father first played as a youngster.

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