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Brian Hogan, Aidan Fogarty and John O'Brien retire from intercounty hurling

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7 September 2014; Brian Hogan and JJ Delaney, Kilkenny, contest a high ball with Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Brian Hogan and JJ Delaney, Kilkenny, contest a high ball with Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Brian Hogan and JJ Delaney, Kilkenny, contest a high ball with Seamus Callanan and Patrick Maher, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Kilkenny's Brian Hogan and Aidan Fogarty have announced their retirement from intercounty hurling.

And they have been joined by John O'Brien, the Tipperary star with two All-Ireland winners' medals to his name.

The retirement of Hogan and Fogarty comes on the back of the decision of Tommy Walsh to hang up the hurl last week for the Cats.

The focus will continue to fall on Henry Shefflin, who has indicated that he will make a decision on his future after Ballyhale Shamrocks' interest in the club championship is at an end.

But that could be as late as next year's All-Ireland final on St Patrick's Day if the Kilkenny champions maintain their winning run.

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