Saturday 24 March 2018

Kilkenny legend Eoin Larkin announces retirement from inter-county hurling

Kilkenny hurler Eoin Larkin has announced his inter-county retirement after a glittering career that saw him win eight All-Ireland medals.

Larkin, who won Hurler of the Year in 2008, made his Kilkenny debut in 2005, winning his first All-Ireland medal the following year.

He was a regular in Brian Cody's side thereafter, winning a four in-a-row between 2006 and 2009 before twice winning back-to-back titles in 2011/2012 and 2014/2015.

The star forward made the announcement this morning.

"After due consideration I have decided that now is the right time for me to announce my Intercounty retirement," Larkin said in a statement.

"I have enjoyed twelve of the best years of my life with success I could only have dreamed of. It was always my dream from a young age to play, captain and win an All-Ireland with Kilkenny and I’m proud and happy to say I lived my dream.

"I am content to walk away now knowing I gave everything I could for myself but also the team every time I walked out on the training pitch or pulled on a Kilkenny jersey and left no stone unturned in the pursuit of perfection, although I never got close. I’ve played with and against some of the best players of all time and had the privilege of working with the best manager of all time for those years."

The two-time All Star (2008 and 2009) is also an All-Ireland club winner with James Stephens.

Larkin is a member of the Irish armed forces and has previously served in Syria. He is the second Kilkenny stalwart to call time on his inter-county career in recent weeks following the retirement of four-time All Star corner back Jackie Tyrrell.

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