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Fanning announces retirement

Tipperary defender Declan Fanning has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling, just weeks after helping the county to a first All-Ireland title in nine years.

Fanning, 31, played at wing-back on the team that ended Kilkenny's bid for a fifth successive title.

In a statement, he cited the demands on his time as being a factor in his decision.

"It requires lots of sacrifices, particularly from players' families," he said.

"I am very grateful to Liam Sheedy and his management and backroom team for all the encouragement and support they gave me. I want to thank all the players. We worked hard together but we also had great fun and I shall miss training and hurling with them."

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