Cork's Pearse O'Neill announces his retirement
Cork have lost their fourth high profile player in a matter of weeks with the news that former All-Star and All-Ireland winner Pearse O’Neill has announced his retirement from inter-county football.
The giant Aghada man (33) came relatively late to the Cork team, making his début in 2006, but soon became a dominant presence in the middle of the field.
The news of O'Neill's retirement comes after the news that Noel O'Leary, Paudie Kissane and Graham Canty were also hanging up their boots.
Ina short but decorated career, O'Neill won four Allianz League titles, three Munster titles and of course, played a key role in the 2010 All-Ireland victory. He was named on the All-Star team in 2009.
Announcing his retirement this evening, O'Neill said, "I came onto the panel in 2006 and have loved representing my family, club and county by wearing the Cork jersey.
I want to thank all the backroom staff that have been involved during my time with Cork, in particular Billy Morgan and Conor Counihan who were the two managers I played under.
I also want to thank all the players that I played and trained with for all the enjoyment and memories, and I wish everyone involved in 2014 and further on all the very best".
In further Cork GAA news, Ger Cunningham has resigned as Cork hurling selector.
Laos midfielder Padraig Clancy has also announced his retirement from inter-county football after a career spanning 14 years.
The highlight for Clancy was most certainly Laois' 2003 Leinster final success.
“Padraig’s service to Laois GAA has been tremendous, and his dedication, determination and commitment are an example to players everywhere,” said Laois chairman Gerry Kavanagh.