Clare's Fergal Lynch has decided to leave on a high by announcing his retirement from inter-county hurling just six days after the Banner lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup.
The 30-year-old Clooney-Quin clubman, who was the only member of Clare's panel who was married, came on as a blood sub for Shane O'Donnell in last Saturday's hurling decider having made sub appearances in the drawn game and the semi-final win over Limerick.
“Definitely calling it day,” he told The Clare Champion today. “That’s the end of it now. A good way to go.
“I got a bit of a teaser when I came on as a blood-sub. I was coming on again with four minutes to go and then Cork got the goal and things changed. But these things happen. It’s an occasion for everybody.”
It was the perfect ending for the schoolteacher, who made his first appearance for Clare in 2002.
“It’s just a surreal moment. It’s something I have dreamed since I was a young fella and my father handed me a hurley. Thankfully it has come true. I was looking back at the last 11 years that I’ve been involved and I thought I might never see this day. It’s just an unbelievable moment.”
All-Ireland winning manager Davy Fitzgerald recently praised the influence of the “immense” Lynch on his young squad and dismissed some of the criticism he came in for from the Clare support.
“He gets them going when he comes on the team and changes them again. He is a super guy. People are wrong. I am certain people are wrong. And I just want to say that publicly Fergal Lynch is a special guy and deserves a lot of singling out.”