Tipp defender Sean O'Brien con...


Tipp defender Sean O'Brien confirms inter-county retirement

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Sean O'Brien has announced his retirement from the Tipperary hurling panel. 

The Newport defender won an All Ireland medal in 2019, when Tipp beat Kilkenny 3-25 to 0-20 to claim a 28th hurling title.

O'Brien garnered success at every age grade for the Premier County, winning a Minor All Ireland in 2007 during his first season on the panel.

Three-years later he was a substitute as Tipp beat Galway 5-22 to 0-12 to win the All Ireland U21 Championship.

He made the step up to the senior ranks in 2017, but it was the following year he fully established himself in the side and made five League appearances.

In 2019, he was a 61st minute sub for Cathal Barrett as Tipperary beat Brian Cody's Cats to win the All Ireland title.

In a parting statement, O'Brien said, "I would like to give special mention to Tommy Dunne who coached me throughout my career and instilled great belief and confidence in me."

The 30-year old will continue to line out for Newport.

Sean O'Brien statement: 

Having been afforded the opportunity to hurl and wear the blue and gold of Tipperary for over the last 15 years, from minor, U21, intermediate and senior, culminating in the All-Ireland success in 2019, the time is now right for me to step away from the inter-county scene.

I do so happy in the knowledge that I gave 100% each time I took to the field, where some days worked out better than others, but that is the joy of our wonderful game.

The camaraderie and friendships I have made along the way will remain with me for life and I will certainly miss the buzz and atmosphere of the dressing room particularly on match day.

I would like to thank all the players I played with and to say thanks for all their support and unity over the years.

To the various Tipperary management teams, I thank you most sincerely for your faith in me as a player. In particular, I would like to give special mention to Tommy Dunne who coached me throughout my career and instilled great belief and confidence in me.

I wish to thank Liam Sheedy and the management team of 2019; we had an unforgettable year and all the joy that it brought to the entire county and beyond. Though we all tried our hardest again this year, it wasn’t to be.

I’d like to thank especially Tipperary Co. Board, Tipperary Supporters Club and the various backroom teams and all those who also contributed in any way that helped me and the teams I played with, ensuring we had everything possible to perform at the best of our ability. Thanks also to the GPA for all their services provided.

To my club Newport and my parents and family, you travelled the journey with me and I thank you for your wonderful support as always.

Finally, I’d like to wish the panel and management team I leave behind, the very best of luck for 2021 and beyond.

I hope as a community we can quickly put the past year blighted by Covid-19 behind us. My wish is that we all remain safe and healthy to enjoy our national game of hurling together again regardless of what parish or county we come from.

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