CORK hurling legend Sean Og O hAilpin has retired from senior hurling.
The 35-year-old announced his decision this afternoon – ending a senior career that lasted 16 years including a brief period off the panel under former manager Denis Walsh
The All Ireland winning captain was deemed surplus to requirements by Walsh and spent 2011 in exile, but he insisted that he was still available for selection and returned to the squad under Jimmy Barry-Murphy last October.
"I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling,” he said in a statement issued through the Gaelic Players’ Association.
“This time it’s for good.
"I always felt it was premature to end my career in 2010. It was great to get the opportunity this year to re-establish myself in the team and contribute in a meaningful way to Cork.
"As I close this chapter of my life, I look forward with enthusiasm to the new challenges and opportunities I may encounter.
"I would like to thank all the players I played with over my sixteen year career. I have always taken immense pride in wearing the Cork jersey and representing the county I love. I wish the Cork team the best of luck and success in their future endeavours.
"I’d like to extend a big thank you to my coaches, managers, medical and backroom teams and all the friends I’ve made throughout my hurling career on and off the field.
"I would like to thank all of the Cork and GAA supporters around the country for their phenomenal support over the years.
"Particular thank you to all my family and special thanks to Siobhán.
"I do not wish to make any further comment on this matter.
"Corcaigh abú. Rebels abú!"
The star won three All-Ireland hurling titles, including one as captain in 2005. He also won three All-Star awards and was named Hurler of the Year in 2004.