Wednesday 21 November 2018

Cork footballer Paudie Kissane hangs up his boots

Cormac Byrne

Cork defender Paudie Kissane has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The Clyda Rovers clubman(33) has been one of the most consistent players in the game in recent years.

He hangs up boots having won one All-Ireland crown, three Munster championships and three. National League titles.

The 2010 All-Star insists he has no regrets about retiring or about committing so much of his time to the Cork team.

“My dream, since I was a young fella, was to play with Cork and I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have been given that opportunity,” he is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

“As a player, naturally you always remember some of your disappointments and wish you won more, but I can’t complain, considering what’s been achieved since 2008.”

As he looks ahead to retirement, Kissane insists he has no regrets about devoting so much of his life to Cork football.

“I don’t think it’s getting too demanding. Okay, you can’t go here and you can’t go there, you’re watching your nutrition and your hydration, the video analysis. You’re missing out on weddings and stags but it’s worth it,” he explained.

“People say to me ‘Jesus, you make great sacrifices’. But I never saw it as sacrifices.

“I did it because I genuinely wanted to do it. If I wanted to go pinting every weekend I would have done that. I was happy to do it.

“When the ball was thrown in at Páirc Uí Chaoimh or Fitzgerald Stadium, the pitch was where you wanted to be.”

A statement on the Cork County Board website added: ‘Our thanks to Paudie for his outstanding contribution to Cork GAA over so many years, and best wishes to him in his future endeavours’.

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