Thursday 14 December 2017

Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly pays tribute to retired Richie Power

Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly has taken to social media to lavishly praise Kilkenny hurling legend Richie Power, who announced his retirement today.
Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly has taken to social media to lavishly praise Kilkenny hurling legend Richie Power, who announced his retirement today.
Kilkenny’s Richie Power, with his son Rory, celebrates victory in the 2014 All-Ireland final against Tipperary. Power is set to announce his retirement. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Tom Rooney

Dublin footballer Diarmuid Connolly has taken to social media to lavishly praise Kilkenny hurling legend Richie Power, who announced his retirement today.

Connolly, a keen hurler himself with club St Vincents, paid homage to Power on Twitter. Though, given the regard in which the former All-Star is held, many of his contemporaries will be following Connolly’s lead over the coming days.

Connolly was one of the first to come forward and express his admiration of the eight-time All Ireland winner, who has called time on his career in the black and amber at the age of 30.

Power’s glittering career has been abbreviated by his constant struggle with injury and, even with Kilkenny’s strength in-depth, his loss will be acutely felt.

"Following the most recent surgery to my knee I must sadly today announce my retirement from inter county hurling," Power said today.

"Disappointing though this decision is, I realise and appreciate the opportunity that I had to play alongside some of the greatest players ever to play the game of hurling and to be part of one of the greatest teams of all time all time managed by the greatest manager of all time, Brian Cody."

"It has been a truly wonderful journey and while I wouldn't choose for it to end like this I will forever cherish the memories of my time wearing the Black & Amber and I wish continued success to all who play for Kilkenny in the year and the years ahead," he added

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