Cork hurler Brian Murphy has announced his retirement from the inter-county game.
He was a hugely influential player and I would like to thank him for all his efforts.
The Bride Rovers clubman, who will turn 32 in July, was the last man left on the current Cork hurling panel who was a part of the 2005 All-Ireland winning Cork team - the last team from the Rebel County to win the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Murphy lined out at left-corner-back in the successful All-Ireland senior finals of 2004 and 2005, when Cork defeated Kilkenny and Galway respectively. He also played in the defeats of 2006 and 2013, lining out at wing-back in last year's defeat to Clare. In total, Murphy played in five All-Ireland senior finals with Cork.
Murphy did not return to training with Jimmy Barry-Murphy's squad this year, and told the management team of his decision to retire on Tuesday night.
"While we are disappointed to lose Brian, we wish him well in his retirement", said Jimmy Barry-Murphy. "He was a hugely influential player and I would like to thank him for all his efforts".
Murphy's departure is in many ways a symbolic moment for Cork hurling, as he is the last of the great 2004-2005 generation to hang up his hurl for the county. One by one, players from those two All-Ireland winning teams have departed, and following Tom Kenny's retirement last December, Murphy was the last man left.
He came very close to winning a third All-Ireland medal last September, starting both the drawn All-Ireland final against Clare and the subsequent replay defeat. He scored a point in the first game, which Cork were within seconds of winning until Domhnall O'Donovan equalised for Clare with the last puck of the game.
While the All-Ireland final wins of 2004 and 2005 are the undoubted high points of Murphy's Cork career, he also won three Munster senior titles with the Rebels, and an All-Ireland Intermediate title in 2003, the year he made his debut for the senior side.
On an individual level, Murphy won the Young Hurler of the Year award in 2004 and an All Star in 2006.