Fans favourite Martin Comerford retires from inter county scene

With a simple “goodbye and thanks”, one of the fans all time favourite players stepped off the inter-county hurling stage last night.

With a simple “goodbye and thanks”, one of the fans all time favourite players stepped off the inter-county hurling stage last night.

Towering O’Loughlin-Gaels attacker, Martin Comerford brought the curtain down on a distinguished career with Kilkenny after winning six senior All-Irelands, nine Leinster championships and three All-Star awards (2002, 2003 and 2006).

‘Gorta’ as he was fondly known, had a special place in the heart of supporers after bursting on to the stage in the season 2002 when he won National League and All-Ireland honours.

“The time has come for me to go,” he told the Kilkenny People. “I would like to thank everyone, my colleagues, team managaement and fans for being so good to me during my days with Kilkenny. I will remember them as some of the best days of my life.”

One of the greatest during a distinguished career was in September

2002 when Martin played on a senior All-Ireland winning team with his brother, Andy, who was captain in the victory over Clare.

“For our family and Kilkenny that was a great day,” Martin recalled.

See the full interview in the Kilkenny People.