Last night zippy attacker, Aidan Fogarty became the third Kilkenny hurler to announcement his retirement from the inter-county game within a week.
The Emeralds (Urlingford) player followed the path of Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan) and David Herity (Dunnamaggin) when he announced that he was quitting the Kilkenny senior squad.
Fogarty, who celebrated his 32nd birthday during the Summer, is popularly known as ‘Taggy’. He was a play anywhere man when manager, Brian Cody, needed a job to be done anywhere from midfield up on his team.
He figured at full-forward on the team that beat Galway in the Leinster semi-final replay, but he featured little in the championship afterwards as Kilkenny completed another National League/Championship double.
Fogarty, who suffered two bad injuries that might have ended his career before he beat the odds and battled back to regain full fitness, won nine senior All-Irelands, nine Leinster championships, seven National Leagues, six Walsh Cups and three Railway Cups.
In a prepared statement Fogarty said: “After 11 years I am withdrawing from the Kilkenny senior hurling panel. I make this decision totally comfortable in the knowledge that now is the right time for me to move on.
“Playing hurling for Kilkenny at the highest level has been exciting, enjoyable, rewarding and 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.
“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 County Board deserve huge credit for how they look after their players.
“I am grateful to my club Emeralds and the many coaches who have helped me develop my skills and achieve my potential. My employer, C.B.E. have facilitated me in every way possible.
“In a special way I thank my girlfriend, Ailish, my father, my family and mentor for their patience and support. 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.”