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Hurling legends McCarthy and Callanan confirm their retirements


Colm Callanan
Colm Callanan

By Robert Jones

Colm Callanan and Richie McCarthy, who won All-Ireland hurling titles with Galway and Limerick respectively, have called time on their inter-county careers.

Kinvara man Callanan, 37, served the Tribesmen for 13 years, but in stepping down he confirmed that he will work as a coach under new Galway hurling boss Shane O'Neill.

"After 13 years wearing the maroon and white jersey, and after careful consideration, I have made the decision to step away from the Galway senior hurling panel," Callanan (below) said in a statement announcing his retirement.

"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."

Meanwhile, McCarthy, who played with Limerick for 11 seasons, has followed in the footsteps of his teammate Paul Browne and announced his retirement.

The 2013 All-Star bows out with two Munster titles, the Division One and Two league crowns, as well as the 2018 All-Ireland title to his name.

"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," said the 32-year-old Blackrock man.

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