McCarthy retirement confirmed

January 12, 2010

Cork's Timmy McCarthy
Cork boss Denis Walsh has confirmed Timmy McCarthy's retirement from inter-county hurling. The Castlelyons farmer was one of the most decorated hurlers in the modern game, winning All-Ireland titles at senior, under 21, minor and intermediate level. He also won a National League medal in his debut season of 1998 and an Inter-provincial medal with Munster in 2007. McCarthy, who represented the Rebels in both hurling and football up to under 21 level, first came to prominence with the famed hurling nursery St. Colman's, Fermoy before going on to win an All-Ireland minor medal in 1995 with Donal Og Cusack and Sean Og O hAilpin among his team-mates. The flying half forward, who often came in for unfair criticism from Cork fans, won back-to-back All-Ireland under 21 titles in 1997 and '98 before helping the Rebels to Liam McCarthy Cup glory in 1999. McCarthy garnered two more All-Ireland senior medals in 2004 and 2005. In all, he won five Munster SHC medals and was a key player for divisional side Imokilly in their 1997 and '98 Cork SHC successes. "Timmy has been a fantastic servant to Cork over 10 years or so," fellow East Corkman Walsh said. "I was always a big fan of his and his style of play and he's a player that owes Cork hurling nothing."

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