I had good innings with Cork, says retiring Kenny

Two-time All-Ireland SHC winner Tom Kenny has decided to retire from inter-county hurling, bringing to an end his Cork career which began back in 2003.

Kenny, whose retirement

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was confirmed in today's Irish Examiner, is hanging up his boots at the age of 32.

He leaves the top level of the game with two Celtic Crosses from Cork's 2004 and 2005 All-Ireland wins, three Munster titles and an Interprovincial Championship success with Munster this year.

"I'm 32 now and I felt it was time to let other lads come through and have their chance. I'm healthy, it’s not because of injury," he told the Irish Examiner.

"I've had a good innings with Cork, it would have been great to go out with a third All-Ireland medal this year, but it wasn't to be."

In all, Kenny played in four All-Ireland senior finals with the Rebels, lining out at midfield in their 2004 and 2005 victories.

He was also in centre-field for the 2006 final defeat to Kilkenny and came on as a substitute in September's final replay against Clare.

More recently, the midfielder/wing back won Cork Junior 'A' Hurling and Intermediate Football honours with his club side Grenagh.

Praising the retiring Kenny, Cork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy said: "Tom has been an outstanding servant to Cork hurling, and was a fantastic example to the younger players on the panel.

"While we are sorry to see him go, we recognise the huge commitment he has made over many years and wish him all the very best in the future."

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