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Kilkenny legend JJ Delaney announces his retirement from inter-county hurling

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Oh and Kilkenny also won the All-Ireland

Oh and Kilkenny also won the All-Ireland

JJ Delaney, Kilkenny

JJ Delaney, Kilkenny

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Oh and Kilkenny also won the All-Ireland

One of hurling's greatest ever defenders has decided to call time on his career.

The nine-time All-Ireland winner and seven-time All Star hangs up his boots after a glittering career which began back in 2001.

"I wish to announce that I am retiring from the Kilkenny senior hurling panel," said the 32-year-old Fenians clubman.

"I have enjoyed my time being part of such a talented group of players and management teams. I wish to thank Brian Cody and his selectors for allowing me to play hurling at the highest level. I also thank the Kilkenny county board for their support on and off the field.

"Thanks to The GPA they been a great help to my development in both my sporting and professional career. My father, family, close friends and my girlfriend Aisling have been a huge source of encouragement and support to me over the years. I thank my club The Fenians, my former teachers and various coaches for instilling in me a love for the greatest field game in the world.

"It's been amazing the encouragement the Kilkenny supporters have given me down through the years and for this I thank you all. I am grateful to my employer Kingspan Insulation for their support. I wish the Kilkenny senior hurling panel and management team continued success in the future."

Delaney is the fifth member of the All-Ireland winning squad to retire since the Cats lifted the Liam McCarthy with David Herity, Aidan Fogarty, Brian Hogan and Tommy Walsh all calling it a day with their county.

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