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Richie McCarthy celebrates following the 2018 All Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park.
Richie McCarthy celebrates following the 2018 All Ireland SHC Final at Croke Park.

Richie McCarthy retires from inter-county hurling

By Cian O'Connell

Limerick's Richie McCarthy has retired from inter-county hurling.

The 2018 All Ireland winner announced his decision on Monday morning.

"It has been an incredible 11 year journey, but the time is right for me to now step away," McCarthy says.

"It is the greatest honour for any GAA player to wear their county colours, but it has also been the wild dreams of a youngster from Kilfinane.

"To all of my teammates who have worked so hard to achieve what we have achieved, all I can say is thank you, it has been a pleasure. I am left with many great memories including the greatest of all when I was able to lift the Liam McCarthy in front of Hill 16."

The Blackrock clubman was a key figure in the Limerick set-up for the past decade.

"I would like to thank and acknowledge the immeasurable contribution of the many management, medical and back room teams I have been with for over a decade as well as the help and support I received from the Limerick County Board," McCarthy added.

"Thank you also to my club Blackrock for your support and belief in me as a player.

"To the supporters of Limerick, I want to say a huge thank you. Your continued belief and support of us is everything that makes playing for Limerick so special.

"Finally, to my family, my parents Henry and Ann and in particular my partner Ruth who have been an enormous support to me and who I owe so much to.

"I would like to wish John (Kiely), Declan (Hannon) and all the panel the very best for the coming year. I look forward to playing with Blackrock for many years to come.”

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