Tuesday 20 November 2018

Two-time All-Ireland-winning Tipperary keeper Darren Gleeson announces retirement

Darren Gleeson. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Darren Gleeson. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
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Tipperary netminder Darren Gleeson has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

The 36-year-old Portoe man decided to hang up his boots because of work and family commitments.

He took over as first-choice keeper with the Premier men after Brendan Cummins' retirement and won an All Star in 2014. He was also between the sticks in last year's All-Ireland final victory over Kilkenny.

"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.

"I want to thank all the players sincerely. While we experienced some disappointments, we had so many great times together and we have always been united in our ambition and commitment to bring success to Tipperary.

"I wish Tipperary well for the future. I have no doubt that they will achieve plenty of success in the years ahead."

Gleeson was handed a  three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence earlier this year after he admitted obtaining €10,000 by deception from an elderly man who was a financial client of his.

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