Limerick hurler Andrew O’Shaughnessy has announced his retirement from the inter-county game.
The Kilmallock clubman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009, and while he has continued to feature on the senior team,he has failed to hold down a regular place. He played in the early rounds of this year’s league, but has decided that the time is right to move on.
The 27-year-old had a huge reputation as an underage player and made his name in colleges hurling with St. Colman’s, Fermoy. O’Shaughnessy was still a teenager when he made his Limerick senior debut as a substitute in an All-Ireland qualifier clash against Cork in 2002.
He was the star man in Limerick’s season as they reached the 2007 All-Ireland final, and while they were well beaten on the day, O’Shaughnessy won an All-Star award later that year.
He has scored 8-102 in his 33 championship appearances for Limerick. O’Shaughnessy made the announcement of his decision on Limerick’s Live 95FM this morning and added that while he was retiring from the inter-county game he would continue to hurl with his club.