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Former Limerick Dual Star Announces Retirement From Inter-County Game

Earlier this week, former Limerick hurling captain Gavin O’Mahony announced his retirement from the inter-county game and now, a second former skipper has joined him.

2017 hurling captain and former Limerick footballer James Ryan has this Friday announced that he has retired from the inter-county game.

Having sat out the early stages of the 2017 season, Ryan was handed the captaincy by John Kiely on his return to action.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 9/7/2016 Clare vs Limerick Clare's David McInerney and James Ryan of Limerick Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

In a statement posted to the Limerick GAA website, Ryan said:

I wish to announce my retirement from the Limerick Senior Hurling team. Training & playing for Limerick has played a huge part of my life and I was privileged to have played for my county for so many years.

I would first like to thank my mam and dad who nurtured my love for sports and supported me all the way through my career.

I would also like to acknowledge the support from my girlfriend Amie, family & friends which was immense throughout my career and I am forever grateful to them for that.

For me it all started with my clubs Garryspillane in Hurling and Galbally in football, I would like to thank both for the support they have given me over the years it is very much appreciated. I look forward to giving more time to both into the future.

In Limerick we have a fantastic support base and I would like to thank all the Limerick fans who have supported the teams through thick and thin.

To the Limerick County Board and Coaching & Games as my employers I am forever grateful and I would like to acknowledge I have been well looked after in every way throughout my playing career. I would like to thank my work colleagues, the teachers, schools, clubs and their officials who have facilitated me during my playing days.

I am eternally grateful to the all Limerick Management teams I have worked with over the years. I wish John, his Management team and the Panel the very best into the future. It was an honour to Captain my County.

Finally, I would like to mention a special word of thanks to Mr Ger Power (RIP) who was my primary school teacher. He was a huge influence in school, in sport and in life, without him I would never have played for Limerick.

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