Patrick Donnellan retires from inter-county action
By Cian O'Connell
Clare's Patrick Donnellan has retired from inter-county hurling.
Donnellan, who made his Championship debut in 2006, capatined Clare to All Ireland glory in 2013.
“I wish to sincerely thank everyone that has helped me and made sacrifices on my behalf to ensure that I could represent Clare to the best of my ability," Donnellan said in a statement.
"To my wife Edel, my parents, my brothers and sister I will be forever grateful.”
“I will always consider myself a privileged person to have been able to play for Clare and I hope that I did my utmost for the cause while playing. It is hard to express in words what it meant to me, my family and my club to captain a Clare team.
"To be able to lift the Liam McCarthy on behalf of Clare and its people was a dream come true and I will always be thankful that I was considered worthy of the honour to be the representative of the Clare team by Davy Fitzgerald."
O'Callaghan's Mills played a huge part in Donnellan's sporting life. “Thank you to my club O’Callaghan’s Mills, to all of my former managers and coaches who instilled a love and respect for the game in me every day I took to the field.
"Thank you to Clare County Board, Club Clare Hurling Supporters and to all of the backroom staff who encouraged and supported me throughout my time with Clare. Thank you also to my employers and work colleagues in IAC for the wonderful support.
“I would like to thank all of the players that I have played and trained with over the years. I always felt a sense of belonging and brotherhood in a Clare dressing room and I have been lucky to be friends and teammates with you all.
“Finally, I am looking forward to supporting the team from the stands into the future and I wish the Clare team and management all the best for 2018 and onwards. An Clár Abú.”