James Ryan retires from inter-county action
By Cian O'Connell
Limerick's James Ryan has retired from inter-county hurling action.
Ryan also played for the Limerick Gaelic Footballers during his career. Man of the Match in the 2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final when Limerick defeated Cork at the Gaelic Grounds, Ryan confirmed his decision in a statement released on Friday morning.
"Training and playing for Limerick has played a huge part of my life and I was privileged to have played for my county for so many years," Ryan remarked.
"I would first like to thank my mam and dad who nurtured my love for sports and supported me all the way through my career.
"I would also like to acknowledge the support from my girlfriend Amie, family and friends which was immense throughout my career and I am forever grateful to them for that."
Garyspillane and Galbally continue to matter deeply to Ryan. "For me it all started with my clubs Garryspillane in hurling and Galbally in football, I would like to thank both for the support they have given me over the years it is very much appreciated. I look forward to giving more time to both into the future.
"To the Limerick County Board and Coaching and Games as my employers I am forever grateful and I would like to acknowledge I have been well looked after in every way throughout my playing career. I would like to thank my work colleagues, the teachers, schools, clubs and their officials who have facilitated me during my playing days."
Ryan remains hopeful Limerick can make an impact under John Kiely in 2018. "I am eternally grateful to the all Limerick management teams I have worked with over the years," Ryan states.
"I wish John, his management team and the panel the very best into the future. It was an honour to captain my county."
Ger Power's impact on Ryan hasn't been forgotten either. "Finally, I would like to mention a special word of thanks to Mr Ger Power (RIP) who was my primary school teacher. He was a huge influence in school, in sport and in life, without him I would never have played for Limerick."