Injuries force Tipperary All-Ireland winner to retire

Gearoid Ryan has become the third Tipperary hurler to announce his retirement in the past month, writes Stephen Barry.

The two-time All-Ireland winner was a star performer on the 2010 team that stopped Kilkenny’s five-in-a-row attempt in his first year as a starter.

However, the injuries that dogged his inter-county career since then, and required a double hip surgery in 2013, are “a major factor” in his decision to retire, aged 28.

He joins defenders Conor O'Brien and Paddy Stapleton in retiring after securing a second All-Ireland medal in September.

“Having enjoyed 8 years on the Tipperary senior hurling panel since I first joined it in 2009, I have decided to announce my retirement,” said Ryan in a statement.

“In recent years injuries have limited my ability to compete for a first 15 place and that has been a major factor in my decision.

“It has been a great honour for me to represent my county at senior level.

“I will greatly miss being involved with the Tipperary senior hurling panel all of whom I admire greatly.

“I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships during my time on the panel. I want to thank all the players sincerely and I also want to thank the managers and backroom teams who gave me the honour of representing my county and were always very supportive of me.”

Ryan won an All-Ireland minor hurling medal in 2006 against a Joe Canning-lead Galway team and was on the U21 panel in the subsequent three years, winning a Munster title in 2008.

The Templederry Kenyons clubman won his first of five Munster Senior trophies as a panel member in 2009.

Tipperary County Board Chairman Michael Bourke remembered Ryan’s impact in 2010, when he won man-of-the-match in the Premier County’s one-point quarter-final win over Galway, in recalling his achievements.

“Gearoid Ryan made an immediate impact for Tipperary since he first burst onto the scene. He was a tremendous worker and was able to pick off vital scores when needed most,” said Bourke.

“He will always be remembered for his stand out performance against Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final in 2010 which proved a catalyst in Tipperary's All-Ireland success of that year.

“I have no doubt had Gearoid not been inflicted with injury as he was, he would have accrued more honours with Tipperary.

“I thank him for his great contribution to Tipperary and I wish him every success now and for the future.”

Ryan added his thanks to the board, his club and family.

“I am very grateful to Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Supporters Club for their unstinting support of the team,” said Ryan.

“My club, Templederry Kenyons, have always given me tremendous support and I thank them sincerely for that.

“My eternal gratitude is due to Laura, my parents and family for their great loyalty and encouragement at all times.

“Finally, I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt this team will go on to achieve many more great successes.”

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