LYNN DUNLEA sent shock waves through Cork camogie yesterday with the sudden announcement that she has has retired from the game.
Lynn, well known as an analyst on RTE's Sunday Game programme, revealed that she made the decision after receiving medical advice on the shoulder and neck injuries which have been troubling her since last season.
Lynn, now 28, made her debut for the Cork senior side in 1990, but it wasn't until '93 that she really established herself as one of camogie's brightest stars following her breath-taking goal deep in injury-time during the All-Ireland semi-final against Kilkenny.
She went on to collect her first senior All-Ireland title that year and she crowned a brilliant season by winning an All-Ireland club medal with the famed Glen Rovers club.
"I expect I will miss the game dreadfully, and having spoken to other players who have retired they tell me the first year is the hardest," said Lynn who holds every honour in the game, including four senior All-Ireland medals, seven National League medals and one All-Ireland club medal.
The Cork star has also decided to hang up her boots with her present club Cloughduv, who won the county championship last season.