Thursday 19 October 2017

Clare All-Ireland-winning captain announces retirement from inter-county hurling

28 September 2013; Clare captain Patrick Donnellan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
28 September 2013; Clare captain Patrick Donnellan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Cork v Clare, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Patrick Donnellan has become the latest Clare star to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling, calling time on an All-Ireland-winning career that saw him captain the Banner to Liam MacCarthy Cup glory in 2013.

Donnellan, who also won an All Star for that successful season, made his championship debut in 2006, and follows fellow All-Irelan winners Brendan Bugler and Colin Ryan in stepping away from the Clare set-up.

Donnellan had a tough time since winning the All-Ireland, missing the 2016 season with a cruciate ligament injury, and he failed to see any game time in this season's championship.

In a statement released through Club Clare, Donnellan looked back at his memorable time with his county.

"I wish to sincere thank everyone that has helped me and made sacrifices on my behalf to ensure that I could represent Clare to the best of my ability. To my wife Edel, my parents, my brothers and sister I will be forever grateful," he said.

"To be able to lift the Liam McCarthy on behalf of Clare and its people was a dream come true and I will always be thankful that I was considered worthy of the honour to be the representative of the Clare team by Davy Fitzgerald.

"I would like to thank all of the players that I have played and trained with over the years. I always felt a sense of belonging and brotherhood in a Clare dressing room and I have been lucky to be friends and teammates with you all.

"Finally, I am looking forward to supporting the team from the stands into the future and I wish the Clare team and management all the best for 2018 and onwards. An Clár Abú."

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