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4-time All-Ireland winner announces retirement from Kilkenny duty

Kieran Joyce represented the Cats for seven years at senior level.

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KILKENNY DEFENDER KIERAN Joyce has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling at the age of 30.

Winner of four All-Ireland titles, four Leinster crowns and three National Leagues during his seven-year tenure at senior level, he also picked up All-Ireland medals at U21 and intermediate ranks in the black and amber.

In a statement released on Twitter this afternoon, Joyce thanked his family and said he intends on finishing out his playing days with his club Rower Inistioge.

He wrote: “I would like to thank Brian Cody and all his management team, the Kilkenny county Board, and all the coaches and mentors that have helped me from U14 up to senior with Kilkenny.”

“I have had a fantastic seven years with the senior team and enjoyed great success through out the period.”

“I was fortunate enough to play with some of the greatest hurlers of our generation,” he added. “It was an honour and pleasure to play both with and against these men.”

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