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Saturday 19 January 2019

Two-time All-Ireland winner Gleeson calls time on Tipperary adventure

Darren Gleeson has announced his retirement. Photo: Sportsfile
Darren Gleeson has announced his retirement. Photo: Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Two-time All-Ireland-winning Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson has announced his retirement.

The 36-year-old Portroe man, who cited work and family commitments as the reasons for his decision, joined the senior panel in 2008 and went on to make 20 championship appearances.

The first of those came as a replacement for Brendan Cummins during the 2011 Munster final trouncing of Waterford.

Gleeson established himself as the Premier County's number one after Cummins retired at the end of the 2013 campaign.

He won an All-Star in 2014 on the back of Tipperary's run to the All-Ireland final, which ended in a replay defeat to Kilkenny.

Tipp avenged that loss in last year's Liam MacCarthy Cup decider as Gleeson claimed a second Celtic Cross to go alongside the one he won as an unused substitute in 2010.

His other honours include six Munster SHC medals and one Allianz Hurling League medal.

"It was a great honour and privilege for me to play with Tipperary and I will greatly miss being involved with the special group of people that make up the Tipperary senior hurling panel, management and backroom team," he said in a statement.

"I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships over the last decade."

Irish Independent

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