Limerick’s long-time servant Seamus Hickey has called time on his inter-county hurling career, four months after the county lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
The 31-year-old made his senior debut for the Treaty county in 2006 in a National League game against Laois.
Since then, the Murroe Boher native has made 44 appearances for Limerick, he was named the Young Hurler of the Year in 2007 when the county reached lost out to Kilkenny in the All Ireland final. He won a Munster title in 2013 and an All-Star award the following year.
He was part of the panel that won the All Ireland championship for the first time in 45 years in August.
Hickey, the former chairman of the Gaelic Players Association, released a statement on their site.
“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.”
“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 McCarthy.”
“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.”
“It was all made possible by the phenomenal support I receive constantly from my extraordinary wife and children, my parents and my family. They have given so much of themselves so that I could live my dream. 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.”
“God is good, Luimneach abú!”