Dublin duo Gary Maguire and Shane Durkin retire from intercounty hurling
Last Updated: 07/01/19 2:45pm
Former All-Star goalkeeper Gary Maguire and half-back Shane Durkin have announced their retirement from intercounty hurling with Dublin.
Dublin Senior Hurlers Shane Durkin & Gary Maguire have announced their retirement from intercounty hurling.— Dublin GAA (@DubGAAOfficial) January 7, 2019
On behalf of everyone in Dublin GAA, we thank the @Bodengaa pair for their brilliant service in the Dublin jersey & wish them all the best for the future 👏 pic.twitter.com/hZAtGSJqHt
The duo helped Ballyboden St Enda's to the Leinster final in December, which they lost to Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Both were first-choice players throughout the Anthony Daly era as the Sky Blues won the 2011 National League and 2013 Leinster Championship. The duo were central to the strides Dublin hurling made throughout the period, as the Boys in Blues consistently competed for silverware over a number of seasons.
Maguire was honoured as being the country's top goalkeeper at the 2011 All-Stars, while Durkin was also nominated for an award that year.
Game-time was limited for both last summer, with Alan Nolan being preferred between the sticks, and Durkin's only appearance coming as a late substitute against Kilkenny.
Dublin look ahead to 2019 with optimism that they can make a breakthrough following a string of underwhelming seasons. New manager Mattie Kenny is aiming to settle on his best side after wins over Carlow, Offaly and Laois in recent weeks.
They face Galway next Sunday in the Walsh Cup semi-final, ahead of their National League Division 1B opener against Carlow later this month.