Eight-time All Ireland winner Eoin Larkin calls time on Kilkenny career
Last Updated: 02/12/16 10:47pm
Kilkenny forward Eoin Larkin has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.
Larkin, who made his Championship debut in 2005, calls time on a glittering career that yielded eight All Ireland titles, 10 Leinster SHC medals, six Allianz Hurling Leagues, and two All Stars.
The 32-year-old also won as All Ireland minor title in 2002 and an All Ireland 21 title in 2004, as well as an All Ireland club medal with James Stephens in 2005.
"After due consideration, I have decided that now is the right time for me to announce my inter-county retirement," Larkin said in a statement.
"I have enjoyed 12 of the best years of my life with success I could only have dreamed of.
"It was always my dream from a young age to play, captain and win an All-Ireland with Kilkenny and I'm proud and happy to say I lived my dream.
"I am content to walk away now knowing I gave everything I could for myself, but also the team every time I walked out on the training pitch or pulled on a Kilkenny jersey and left no stone unturned in the pursuit of perfection, although I never got close.
"I've played with and against some of the best players of all time and had the privilege of working with the best manager of all time for those years."
Larkin also highlighted the role his family has played, saying: "Doing what I loved doing for 12 years didn't seem like a sacrifice, but although they never said anything I know for a fact my family sacrificed a massive amount for me to fulfil my dream.
"I will never be able to thank my mother enough for the unwavering support in every way possible and my father for his support and the opportunity he gave me from a young age to do what I loved.
"He brought me to training and matches and never hesitated when I asked 'could we go for a few pucks'. It was this that allowed me to practice and become the hurler I am today.
"I can never thank my wife Anne enough for the last 12 years of support, advice and often a little pick me up when things weren't going so well. I also want to thank my children Mark, Holly, and Ellie for their support and understanding for what I loved doing. It is certainly payback time now."