Monday 10 December 2018

Dublin's Leinster-winning captain Johnny McCaffrey calls time on inter-county career

Dublin captain Johnny McCaffrey is presented with the Bob O’Keeffe Cup in 2013 by Jimmy Gray
Dublin captain Johnny McCaffrey is presented with the Bob O’Keeffe Cup in 2013 by Jimmy Gray

Conor McKeon

JOHNNY McCaffrey has announced his inter-county retirement from hurling at the age of 31.

The Lucan Sarsfields man made public his decision yesterday in a statement published on the Dublin county board's website.

Having made his senior debut in 2006 under the management of Tommy Naughton as an 18 year-old, McCaffrey went on to have a long, albeit briefly broken run of service with Dublin.

In 2013 McCaffrey, who had captained his county at minor level in both football and hurling, had the distinction of being the first Dublin man to lift the Bob O'Keeffe Cup in 52 years (inset).

Two years previously, he raised the Dr Croke Cup along with Stephen Hiney as Dublin won their first Division 1 League title in 62 years.

However, he was one of the players controversially dropped by Ger Cunningham in late 2016 and he played no part in the Corkman's concluding season in charge.

He came back to the squad last year during Pat Gilroy's single year in charge however, although his Championship game-time was limited.

McCaffrey came on as a substitute with ten minutes remaining of Dublin's victory over Offaly in Parnell Park and in injury-time in their last match of the campaign, a narrow defeat to Galway in Pearse Stadium, Salthill.

"I would like to thank Tommy Naughton for giving me my debut," his statement reads.

"I would like to thank Anthony Daly for giving me the massive honour of captaining my county for four years, making history along the way.

"We in Dublin hurling owe a lot to Dalo for getting us back competing at the top table.

"I would also like to thank Pat Gilroy and his management team for the work they did over the last 12 months in getting Dublin back on track."

McCaffrey follows Ryan O'Dwyer as the second member of this year's Dublin panel to retire.

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