Jackie Tyrell announces inter-county retirement

Kilkenny hurling legend Jackie Tyrell has announced his retirement from intercounty hurling.

The corner-back revealed the news in a statement to KCLR this morning.

In it he said: “After careful consideration and reflection I have decided that now is the right time for me to announce my retirement from inter county hurling with the Kilkenny senior hurling team.

Being part of the Kilkenny senior hurling panel for the past fourteen years has been an unbelievable journey that has given me endless fulfilment, satisfaction, enjoyment and happiness.”

He made his championship debut in 2005 versus Offaly in Croke Park and went on to win nine All-Ireland titles, six National Hurling Leagues and four All Stars.

The James Stephens clubman captained the team to All-Ireland victory in 2006.

Tyrell, 34, also paid tribute to both teammates opponents and also acknowledged the influence of coach Brian Cody.

“I have had the privilege of playing with and against some of the greatest sportsmen of our time. I cherish the friendships I have made all over the country.

“I consider myself lucky to have played under the greatest GAA manager of all time, Brian Cody. I thank him and his management teams for their confidence in me right up to the present time.”

Tyrell finished by saying he intended to continue playing with his club: "I now intend to dedicate myself and the rest of my playing career to my beloved James Stephen’s. It was there that my desire to play the game that I love at the highest level was nurtured and developed."

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