Limerick defender Seamus Hickey has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.
The 31-year-old was part of the Shannonsiders’ first All-Ireland SHC success in 45 years this past season, appearing as a substitute in the team’s semi-final victory over Cork at the end of July.
Named Young Hurler of the Year in 2007, the Murroe-Boher club was widely regarded as one of Limerick’s best defenders during his peak years.
"It has been God’s great blessing and an enormous privilege to wear the Limerick jersey from my teenage years through my entire adult life," said Hickey, who currently serves as GPA chairman.
"It is an even greater blessing to have been part of an incredible group of people in 2018 and to deliver to Limerick what the proud sporting county deserved: the Liam MacCarthy.
"I have now decided to step away from the Limerick senior hurling panel. I am eternally grateful to my club Murroe Boher, to the GPA for their incredible support and guidance, to the exceptional teammates I’ve had, the inspiring managers, the perennially selfless backroom teams, the successes, the failures and everything I have learned along the way."
He added: "My dream off the field has now grown bigger than the one on it and I look forward to being the very best husband, father, brother and son I can be."
Statement on behalf of Séamus Hickey— GPA (@gaelicplayers) December 4, 2018
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