Sunday 11 December 2016

Kilkenny legend Jackie Tyrrell announces his retirement from inter-county hurling

Published 11/11/2016 | 10:33

Four-time All Star corner back Jackie Tyrrell has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling after a 14 year career with Kilkenny.

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Tyrrell collected nine All-Ireland medals in an illustrious spell in the black and amber, seven of which were won on the field of play as part of a resolute Kilkenny rearguard.

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The defender joined the Kilkenny panel in 2003 but had to wait until the following year for his senior debut. By 2006, Tyrrell had nailed down a place in the team and captained Killkenny to the first leg of their four All-Ireland titles in-a-row.

Towards the end of that decade, Tyrrell established himself as the premier corner back in Ireland, winning four consecutive All Stars between 2007 and 2010.

The James Stephens man plans on continuing his club career, the highlight of which was an All-Ireland club hurling title won on St Patrick's Day in 2006.

"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," Tyrrell said.

"I am making this decision comfortable in the knowledge that I never settled for anything less than giving it my very best. I fought to the end and I never gave up until the contest was over.

"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. 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. There were many challenges along the way but these became my opportunities and motivation to strive even harder to achieve my very best. "

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