Hurling stars Fogarty and Hogan leave senior set-up

Trevor Spillane

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Trevor Spillane

Brian Hogan (Kilkenny) is challenged by Noel McGrath (Tipperary) during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers Phase 2 in Nowlan Park.  (Photo: Eoin Hennessy)
Two more of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland hurling champions have stepped away from the inter-county game.

Two more of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland hurling champions have stepped away from the inter-county game.

Flying Emeralds (Urlingford) forward Aidan Fogarty and O’Loughlin Gaels back Brian Hogan have become the latest to leave Brian Cody’s dressing-room.

Two more members of the Kilkenny senior hurling panel have announced their retirement from the inter-county scene.

Aidan Fogarty and Brian Hogan have become the latest players to leave Brian Cody’s dressing-room.

Fogarty, who joined the panel in 2003, won eight senior hurling medals with the Cats and was a fan favourite for his pace and scoring exploits in the forwards.

Affectionately known as ‘Taggy’, Fogarty won his first senior All-Ireland in 2006. He marked his day in style, scoring 1-3 and earning the Man of the Match award as Kilkenny beat Cork by 1-16 to 1-13.

“Now is the right time for me to move on,” Fogarty said following his decision. “Playing hurling for Kilkenny at the highest level has been exciting, enjoyable, rewarding and, at times, challenging.

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the people who have supported, encouraged or who have just been there for me during this chapter of my life,” he added. “I wish to thank Brian Cody and the various management teams for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a successful panel for so long.

“The Kilkenny Co Board deserve huge credit for how they look after their players,” Fogarty continued. “I am grateful to my club Emeralds and the many coaches who have helped me develop my skills and achieve my potential. I remember my late uncle, Pa Dillon for his pride and confidence in me. I wish the Kilkenny team and management every success in the years ahead.”

Brian Hogan, who joined the senior set-up in 2004, won seven senior All-Irelands with Kilkenny. A bedrock of the half-back line for many years, Hogan captained the Cats to MacCarthy Cup glory in 2011 after his club O’Loughlin Gaels won the Kilkenny 2010 senior club title.

“The past decade in the black and amber jersey, have been some of the greatest times of my life,” said Hogan.

“I have had the opportunity to play both with, and against, some of the finest players ever to play the game.

“I leave with the greatest of memories of the best of friendships.

I feel extremely privileged to have been involved in one of the most successful periods in Kilkenny hurling. As I leave, what I’ll take most is the memory of the time spent with the lads, who I was lucky enough to call my teammates and friends.

“I’d like to thank my club, O’Loughlin Gaels for their constant support and for giving me the honour of captaining the Kilkenny team in 2011. It was an incredible honour to lead such an amazing group of players. I look forward to returning to St John’s Park to finish my hurling career where it all began.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Cody and his management teams, for seeing potential in me, and for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my childhood dreams and aspirations.”

Fogarty and Hogan have become the third and fourth members of Kilkenny’s victorious 2014 All-Ireland panel to step down from action, joining Tommy Walsh and David Herity in retirement. The four men were part of a golden era for Kilkenny hurling, winning 29 senior All-Ireland medals between them.