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Kilkenny legend Richie Power has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.
The eight-time All-Ireland winner, who has been battling a persistent knee injury, confirmed his decision on Tuesday morning.
“Following the most recent surgery to my knee I must sadly today announce my retirement from inter-county hurling,” the twice All-Star wrote.
“Disappointing though this decision is, I realise and appreciate the opportunity that I had to play alongside some of the greatest players ever to play the game of hurling and to be part of one of the greatest teams of all time managed by the greatest manager of all time, Brian Cody.”
The 30-year-old Carrickshock clubman, rated by many as one of the greatest forwards of all time, has enjoyed a glittering career for the Cats.
“I know also how fortunate I am to be able to look back on so many career highlights, including the winning of two colleges, two minor, two U21 and eight senior All-Ireland medals as well as being chosen on the Allstars teams in 2010 and 2011,” he continued.
“I am deeply grateful to all who helped me during my inter-county career, especially Brian, Michael Dempsey our fitness coach, Dr Tadgh Crowley and all the support team in Nowlan Park.
“I extend a very special thank you to my mum Ann and dad Richie Snr for their support and encouragement at all times. It was very special for me to emulate Dad as a minor, U21 and senior All-Ireland medal winner.
“I want to acknowledge and thank the teachers who coached me in Stoneyford National School and in Saint Kieran’s College and all who helped me in my club Carrickshock.
“Finally I want to say a special word of thanks to Kilkenny Co Board, Kilkenny Supporters Club and to all Kilkenny supporters who have been so good to me throughout my career.
“It has been a truly wonderful journey, and while I wouldn’t choose for it to end like this, I will forever cherish the memories of my time wearing the Black & Amber and I wish continued success to all who play for Kilkenny in the year and the years ahead.”