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Colm Callanan has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.
Colm Callanan has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

Colm Callanan retires from inter-county hurling

By Cian O'Connell

Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

Kinvara clubman Callanan won an All Ireland title with Galway in 2017 and steps away following more than a decade service with the maroon and white senior outfit.

"I have made the decision to step away from the Galway senior hurling panel," Callanan says. 

"It’s a massive privilege to play for your county and I feel honoured and proud that I got to play for Galway for as long as I did. I was lucky enough to win everything on offer at least once.

"I was blessed to have shared a dressing room with such brilliant people throughout my career, which enabled me to forge friendships that will last a lifetime. 

"It was an honour to go into battle with all of those Galway players, while it was also a privilege to get the opportunity to play against the very best players from other counties."

Callanan acknowledged the influence of goalkeeping coach and analyst Christy O'Connor.

"I’d particularly like to extend huge thanks to Christy O’Connor for being my goalkeeping coach all the way back to before I started with Galway in 2007," Callanan added. 

"Christy opened my mind as to what was required at the top level, and he really lifted my standards.

"I’m content that I gave everything I had to the Galway jersey for 13 years. I’ve loved every minute of my journey and to have played in front of its dedicated and passionate supporters has allowed me to make memories that I will cherish forever."

Callanan also confirmed that he will be involved in new manager Shane O'Neill's set-up for the upcoming 2020 campaign.

"I’d also like to thank Shane O’Neill for his understanding and support of my decision," Callanan stated. 

"I’m also delighted that the transition will be made easier after accepting a coaching role in Shane’s new backroom team."

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