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Rory Hanniffy ends 14-year hurling career with Offaly

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Rory Hanniffy, Offaly

Rory Hanniffy, Offaly

Rory Hanniffy, Offaly

Rory Hanniffy has confirmed that he will not be returning to play with the Offaly hurlers in 2015.

Hanniffy has opted to slip quietly away as the pressures of work as a barrister in the midlands area and ongoing problems with his knee catch up with him.

Hanniffy has been involved with Offaly since 2001, the year after the county last reached their last All-Ireland final.

He featured in just one Leinster final in 2004 during a 14-year career but provided great versatility to a succession of Faithful County managers.

He played on every line of an Offaly team during 114 appearances that incorporated 45 Championship games during that time.

He made his debut against Galway in the 2001 League at right corner-forward but in recent years operated at centre-back and even full-back to underline that versatility.

The Birr man took his time to commit to Offaly in 2014 and the signs were that he would be calling time on his career.

Brian Carroll, who also joined the squad in 2001, has committed to staying on, however.

Offaly have released a 34-man training squad in recent days and David Kenny is among those who is absent. Kenny has been injured for much of this year and is not expected back until after Offaly's Division 1B campaign.

Eoin Ryan, Mark Egan and Kevin Brady have also been excluded from the squad.

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