David Herity has stepped down from inter-county duty with Kilkenny.
The Dunnamaggin goalkeeper, who won his fifth senior All-Ireland with the Cats this year, announced his retirement through a statement issued by the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).
Herity, who joined the panel in 2008, also won five Leinster titles and five National Hurling Leagues with Kilkenny.
The full statement is as follows:
“I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling today. It has been a great honour for me to have been part of the Kilkenny squad for the past seven years and this is not a decision I have arrived at lightly.
“However, I believe the time is right for me now to move on and I hope to dedicate the remainder of my playing days to my club Dunnamaggin.
“My journey as a county player has been truly wonderful - it has been a privilege to have been involved with such an incredible group of hurlers and I am very fortunate to have tasted the ultimate success on the All-Ireland stage.
“I have played against some truly outstanding warriors and I am so proud to have represented my county during such a historic era for Kilkenny hurling.
“It isn’t a journey you travel alone, however, and I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the many people who helped me throughout my career - in particular my family and girlfriend whose support underpinned my commitment to Kilkenny hurling.
“I am deeply grateful to our manager Brian Cody, to our outstanding management and backroom teams and the Kilkenny Co Board for all their support.
“Thanks also to all my friends and clubmates in Dunnamaggin - to all the people who played a part in my development as a player. Thanks to the staff at Huntstown National School for being so understanding and patient.
“Thanks also to the Gaelic Players Association for their support - I was honoured to have represented the GPA on the Kilkenny panel.
“Finally I would like to wish Brian and the Kilkenny squad the very best of luck for the forthcoming season.”