John Tennyson Announces Retirement From Hurling

Kilkenny County Board officials have confirmed that John Tennyson is to retire from inter-county hurling.

The 28-year-old has been plagued by injury in recent seasons and despite his young age, he leaves the game with six All-Ireland SHC medals, six Leinster SHC medals and five National League titles.

The Carrickshock clubman told the Irish Examiner: “It’s disappointing but that’s the way it goes, I didn’t feel that I was in competition for a starting place.

“My time is up and it’s a good time to go, I’m hoping that I can free up more time to give to the club. I spoke with the management at the start of this week and told them, they wished me the best and I wished them the best.”

A statement from Kilkenny GAA confirmed: “John will continue to play with his club Carrickshock and Kilkenny GAA would like to thank John for his outstanding contribution to Kilkenny hurling and wish him all the very best for the future.”


  1. John Tennyson was a giant among giants of the game. I kept hoping he would return soon, but it was not to be. At half pace due to injury in the 2010 final, he still managed to stem the tide. No blame to him for that defeat. Happy the team that can dispense with the services of one of our greatest hurlers. Well done, John, and a thousand thanks for your outstanding performances on the greatest team. Tom Campion, Athlone.


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