James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling at the age of 26.
The Kilkenny star has informed manager Brian Cody that he intends to take time out of the game to travel around the world. Speaking about his decision the Ballyhayle Shamrocks midfielder said “ I haven’t been able to nail down a place on the team for a while. As I don’t think I am getting any faster, it is time to go.”
Fitzpatrick leaves behind an impressive haul of medals during his time in the black and amber jersey. He has won five senior All-Irelands, one as captain in 2008, three National Leagues and three All Star awards. He was also named Young Hurler of the Year in 2006.