Friday 19 January 2018

Hanrahan calls time on Premier career

Jackie Cahill

Tipperary midfielder Eamonn Hanrahan has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

Hanrahan has decided to bring the curtain down on his career in the blue and gold, citing family commitments and a desire to concentrate on club commitments with Clonmel Commercials.

Hanrahan, who stands 6ft 7in, made his SFC debut against Clare in June 2000 and captured the Tommy Murphy Cup title with the Premier County in 2005.

Hanrahan also won a McGrath Cup with Tipp in '03 and played his part as the team rose from Division 4 to Division 2 of the National Football League with successive promotions in 2008 and '09.

Hanrahan, who works with Cork City Council, has been based on Leeside since 1996 and won a Cork SFC medal with UCC in 1999 before going on to land Munster honours with the College in that same year.

He is also the holder of a Tipperary SFC medal with Commercials from 2002 and is hopeful that the club can once again challenge for local honours.

Hanrahan (31) said: "One of the most memorable things for me was the chance to play at Croke Park in the Tommy Murphy Cup final and in the All-Ireland qualifier against Donegal (2003).

"The promotions were right up there as well.

"I've been down in Cork since '96 and going up and down the road since '98 with the county team finally took its toll. I got married in '08 and we had a baby daughter last June so they are other factors.

"It's difficult trying to combine everything and I want to give Commercials a full commitment."

Tipperary manager John Evans paid tribute to Hanrahan's efforts. "Eamonn turned out to be an icon and he became a symbol of Tipperary for a while," he said.

"I would put him up there with the best in terms of dedication and his commitment at the very top. He's a big loss to us and he was a joy to work with because he gave 100pc at everything he did."

Irish Independent

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