‘Time to call it a day’ – end of an era for two Kilkenny All-Ireland winners
Two Kilkenny hurling stars with six All-Ireland medals between them have exited the inter-county stage.
Danesfort defender Paul Murphy and Glenmore sharpshooter Ger Aylward both confirmed their retirement from the Kilkenny senior hurling set up over the weekend.
Four time All-Ireland winner Murphy said in a statement: “For as long as I can remember it has been my dream to hurl for Kilkenny and I am proud to say I lived that dream.
“Thanks to all my team-mates down through the years and the journey you brought me on. It’s a privilege to have hurled not only with but against some of the greatest players ever to play the game, a memory which I will always cherish.”
The three-time All-Star added: “I would also like to thank the management teams that have given me the opportunities over the years and the county board and supporters club for all your hard work and dedication to Kilkenny GAA.”
Glenmore clubman Aylward also announced his retirement from inter-county hurling at the age of just 28. The two-time All-Ireland winner revealed his decision on Instagram, thanking family and friends “for the support over the last seven years”.
“It was an honour to wear the black and amber. Time to call it a day,” he said simply.