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Ryan winds up Cats career

KILKENNY hurlers have lost another stalwart after goalkeeper PJ Ryan announced his retirement last night.

Following hot on the heels of Eddie Brennan's weekend announcement that he was hanging up his hurley, Ryan said he was leaving with "no regrets". "I arrived with nothing but hope, and I left with a pocketful of medals. I was blessed to be part of Kilkenny hurling during a golden era," he said.

Ryan joined the squad in 2002 and won seven senior All-Irelands, nine Leinster championships and five National Leagues as well as an All Star award.

The Fenians (Johnstown) clubman was Man of the Match in the All-Ireland final of 2009 against Tipperary when he pulled off a string of dazzling saves as the Cats won by 2-22 to 0-23.

His dad, also PJ, won three All-Irelands as sub goalie to the great Noel Skehan in 1974, '75 and '79.

Irish Independent