Tipperary hurler Conor O'Brien releases statement as he announces his retirement
The 31-year-old made his debut in 200716:40 Tuesday 25 October 2016, 16:40 25 Oct 2016
Tipperary hurler Conor O'Brien has announced his retirement from inter-county duty.
The 31-year-old brings the curtain down on a career with the Premier county that saw him win All-Ireland titles in 2010 and 2016.
He also won five Munster hurling championships with Tipp.
He made his senior debut against Dublin in the National Hurling League in 2007.
Announcing his decision to call it a day, Éire Óg Anacarty clubman said: "Since I first joined the Tipperary senior hurling panel in 2007, I have always felt it a great privilege and honour to represent my county at senior level.
"Having enjoyed it immensely, I have decided that now is the time to announce my retirement. I will greatly miss being involved with the Tipperary senior hurling panel as all involved among the players, management and backroom team are very special people.
"I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships over the last decade. I want to thank all the players sincerely, we had great and some disappointing times together but we have always been united in our ambition to bring success to Tipperary.
"I also want to thank the managers and backroom teams who gave me the honour of representing my county and were always very supportive of me. I am very grateful to Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Supporters Club for their unstinting support of the team. My club, Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill, have always given me tremendous support and I thank them sincerely for that.
"Thanks are due too to my colleagues and supervisors in An Garda Síochána in Mayorstone in Limerick for their help and support down through the years with facilitating my training and games schedules.
"My eternal gratitude is due to my parents and family for their great loyalty and encouragement at all times. I want to thank especially my wife, Claire and our son Cillian, for supporting me so well and affording me the opportunity to dedicate the time required to being an inter-county player. I look forward to spending more time with them.
"Finally, I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt this team will go on to achieve many more great successes."
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