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Thursday 17 April 2014

Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins announces retirement

Tipperary keeper Brendan Cummins has announced his retirement
Tipperary keeper Brendan Cummins has announced his retirement

TRIBUTES have been paid to Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins who has announced his retirement from hurling.

Long-time opponent Eddie Brennan of Kilkenny tweeted that Cummins was always “a hard man to put one past” while former team-mate Brendan Maher added: “Best wishes to Brendan Cummins on his retirement.An honour to have played with him for the past 5 years. A fantastic sportsman and leader.”

After an inter-county career spanning 20 years, Cummins retired having won two All-Ireland medals; five All-Stars; five Munster hurling medals, three National League titles, and also has three All-Ireland runner-up medals.

He is holds the record for the highest number of appearances in the history of the Championship.

"Family has been the big reason, Paul and Sarah now are new arrivals, she's a year old at the end of the month,” said Cummins last night.

"So, obviously I want to spend more time with them.

"And obviously from a Tipperary hurling point of view. I'm around a long time, I think it's time somebody else got a shot at it."

The 38-year-old’s final game came against bitter rivals Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on an epic night in July when Tipperary exited the Championship after a disappointing season.

“It was probably the most emotional I’d been after a game. When the full-time whistle blew that day, I fell to my knees,” he recalled.

“I think I would have an awful lot to offer. I do have to get certain skills back up in line from a coaching point of view and all that.

“I'm definitely not the complete package even though I've had nine or ten different managers and how their styles have been.”

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