Saturday 19 January 2019

Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin call time on their careers with the Dublin hurlers

Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin
Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin

Conor McKeon

Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin have both called time on their lengthy inter-county hurling careers.

Speaking after yesterday’s Walsh Cup victory over Laois, Dublin manager Mattie Kenny paid tribute to the pair, revealing that after deliberating on their Dublin futures following the Ballyboden St Enda’s run to last year’s Leinster club final, the duo had both decided to retire.

An All Star in 2011, 35-year-old Maguire made his inter-county debut back in 2004 and was Anthony Daly’s first choice ’keeper for Dublin’s breakthrough league and Leinster title victories in ‘11 and 2013 respectively.

Durkin, 31, returned to the Dublin set-up last year after opting out for the second and third years of Ger Cunningham’s reign although, like Maguire, his game time was limited under Pat Gilroy.

Their decisions bring the number of 2018 panel members who have retired to four, after Ryan O’Dwyer and Johnny McCaffrey.

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