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Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson announces retirement

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson announces retirement thumbnailTipp net minder Darren Gleeson in action in Croke Park. Pic: Rose Mannion. MT3336RM

TIPPERARY goalkeeper Darren Gleeson has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. He was the second member of the Tipp panel to announce his retirement in the last week, following the decision of John O'Keeffe to end his involvement with the inter county scene.
“After 10 years on the Tipperary senior hurling panel, I have decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling" said Darren Gleeson in a statement announcing his decision.
"It was a great honour and privilege for me to play with Tipperary and I will greatly miss being involved with the special group of people that make up the Tipperary senior hurling panel, management and backroom team. I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships over the last decade. I was fortunate to enjoy some wonderful moments during my career with the highlights being the All-Ireland wins in 2010 and in particular 2016. I also greatly value the six Munster championships and one National League title we won during that period and the opportunity to represent and win an Inter-Provincial title with Munster. On a personal level, it was a great honour to receive an All Star award in 2014.
"I want to thank all the players sincerely. While we experienced some disappointments, we had so many great times together and we have always been united in our ambition and commitment to bring success to Tipperary.
"I also want to thank the managers and backroom teams who were so very supportive of me as well as Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Supporters Club, both of which have been generous in their support of players and teams. I am particularly grateful to my fellow Portroe clubman, Liam Sheedy, who invited me to join the Tipperary senior hurling panel when he became manager in late 2007. I am also grateful to the GPA for their support and advice over the years.
"It was a great privilege for me to represent the Portroe club when I played with Tipperary. I want to thank everybody there for their unswerving support, loyalty and encouragement and I look forward to continuing to play with Portroe. The demands of playing inter-county hurling are significant on family and personal time. I could not have enjoyed such a long inter-county career without the wonderful support I received from my wife, Naoibh, and I now look forward to spending more time with her and our three children, Caoimhe, Seán and Padraic. My parents, sister and brothers, Naoibh's parents, and both our families have also been hugely supportive of me and helped me in any way they could - I want to thank them all sincerely.
"Finally, I wish Tipperary well for the future. I have no doubt that they will achieve plenty of success in the years ahead," Darren concluded.
Announcing his decision John O'Keeffe said: "Having joined the Tipperary senior hurling set-up at inter-county level in 2011 culminating in the highlight of winning an All-Ireland winners medal in 2016, I now wish to announce my retirement from the inter-county scene.
"I step away from inter-county action, happy in the knowledge that I gave my best at all times and enjoyed every aspect of it.
"I'd like to thank especially Tipperary Co. Board, Tipperary Supporters Club, the various backroom teams and all those who also contributed in any way that helped me and the teams I played with. The support from the Tipp following was also very much appreciated.
"I would like to thank all the players I played with for their support and friendships that will last a lifetime.
"To the various Tipp management teams, I thank you most sincerely and in that I especially acknowledge my fellow clubman Declan Ryan who introduced me initially, to the Tipperary set up. At the time, it was an enormous honour for me to be drafted into an All-Ireland winning panel and I will always hold it special. The highlight of my career was undoubtedly in 2016 and winning an All-Ireland winners medal under the management and guidance of Mick Ryan and his team.
"I also wish to thank my club Clonoulty-Rossmore, my parents and family for the support and encouragement they gave me at all times.  Furthermore, I am very grateful to Dinny Maher and my fellow GDA's for their co-operation and assistance during the last couple of years.
"Finally, I'd like to wish the panel I leave and to those that may join them, the very best of luck for 2018 and onwards."

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