'I gave everything I could to the Tipperary jersey'

September 08, 2023

Tipperary's Seamus Callanan. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Seamus Callanan says he had already decided before this year that it would be his last in a Tipperary jersey and that he leaves with no regrets.

The former Hurler of the Year announced his inter-county retirement earlier this week after winning All-Ireland SHC medals in 2010, '16 and '19 as well as a National League title in 2008 and four All-Stars in a glittering 16-year career.

The Drom & Inch sharpshooter scored 40 championship goals - the last of which came against Offaly in this year's All-Ireland SHC preliminary quarter-final - despite being blighted by injury in recent years.  

"It was a difficult thing to do," he told RTÉ.

"I had my mind made up for the last year but at the same time, when it’s final, it’s a very difficult day.

"I have no regrets after it all. I gave everything I could to the Tipperary jersey, I’m very proud of that and very happy with the contributions I made.

"I’ve made lifelong friends and that’s genuine, people have been very good to me.

"I had a great time, it’s the best journey I was ever on and here’s to the next chapter."

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