Alan Quirke joins Cork exodus by announcing retirement
Cork's Alan Quirke has decided to join Pearse O'Neill, Graham Canty, Paudie Kissane and Noel O' Leary by announcing his retirement from inter-county football.
Quirke, 37, who has been a key member of the Cork panel since 1999, confirmed his decision to retire to the Irish Examiner. In his 14-year career, the Valley Rovers keeper won six Munster titles, four Allianz Leagues and, of course, an All-Ireland title in 2010.
"I've a couple of niggles I've been keeping at bay for a few years but that's not the reason I'm stepping down,"he said.
"I've been very lucky to have outstanding medical care with Cork from Dr Con Murphy, Dr Eanna Falvey and Colin Lane.
"I thought about it long and hard while I was in the Lebanon on Army duty and I knew coming back last May that it was my last season one way or the other. My mind was made up by January or February last year. I'm very happy with my decision."