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Henry Shefflin at yesterday’s press conference to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling at Langton’s Hotel, Kilkenny

Henry Shefflin at yesterday’s press conference to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling at Langton’s Hotel, Kilkenny

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Henry Shefflin at yesterday’s press conference to announce his retirement from inter-county hurling at Langton’s Hotel, Kilkenny

Working on his autobiography, hurling with Ballyhale Shamrocks, coaching the club's young players and supporting Kilkenny are top of Henry Shefflin's agenda for this year after his departure from the inter-county scene.

An emotional Shefflin contacted his ex-Kilkenny colleagues, via their WhatsApp group, just ahead of yesterday's formal announcement that he was quitting the county hurling scene after a 16-year involvement.

He admitted that it was difficult leaving the panel but said that he had made the correct decision after winning a third All-Ireland club title with Ballyhale.

"I just felt it was the right time to go. I'd love to continue but I'm 36 years of age, not 26," he said.

Shefflin met Brian Cody twice in the space of three days and while he was told he would be very welcome to continue on the Kilkenny panel, he felt it was time to leave.

"I've been lucky enough to have had a great career but it had to end sometime," he said.

He said that going into management was not a consideration at present as he planned to continue playing with Ballyhale in their attempt to retain the county, provincial and All-Ireland titles.

Irish Independent