Eoin Murphy retires from Waterford hurling

    Waterford hurler Eoin Murphy has announced his retirement from the inter county game.

    The Knockanure Shamrocks player fractured his skull back in April, and while he has recovered and will continue to line out for his club, he feels the time is right to walkaway from the inter county game.

    “I’m 100% happy to hang up my boots at inter-county level,” Murphy told the Irish Examiner.

    “I’m looking forward to spending a few years with the club. It was in the back of my mind to give it one more year with Waterford and I didn’t go back until February, but I felt it could be a good year for us. Even after the injury I wanted to stay involved.

    “I knew I probably wouldn’t be playing but I got back training with the county at least.”

    Murphy had an outstanding career with the Deise, winning three Munster titles and an All-Star award in 2006.

    “In terms of high points, 2002 was huge. The first one (Munster title), after waiting so long since the last title [1963], was sweet, but that particular game petered out a bit and we won comfortably in the end.”

    “On the other hand, in 2004 against Cork – a team we’d have a lot of memories of getting beatings from – it was different. To beat them by a point that day, that was dreamland.”

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