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Galway All-Ireland winner Donnellan announces his retirement

Donnellan won two league titles, two Leinster titles and a Celtic Cross during his 10-year career.

Donnellan celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Donnellan celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

GALWAY’S CYRIL DONNELLAN has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling this morning, calling time on 10-year career at senior level.

Donnellan, 32, was part of Micheal Donoghue’s panel as the Tribesmen ended their long wait for championship glory by beating Waterford in September’s All-Ireland final.

The Pádraig Pearses clubman, 32, retires with two Leinster titles (2012 and 2017), two league titles (2010 and 2017) and a Fitzgibbon Cup along with his Celtic Cross.

Donnellan made his championship debut under Ger Loughnane in 2008 and went on to make 35 championship appearances, scoring 6-33.

Arguably his greatest day in maroon came in 2012 when he starred with 0-5 from play to lead Galway to victory over Kilkenny and the county’s first-ever Leinster title.

But that summer ended in disappointment with Donnellan sent off as the Cats got their revenge when the counties met again in the All-Ireland final replay.

The veteran was limited to a bit-part role under Donoghue in his final seasons, but was part of the match-day 26 for September’s unforgettable win against Waterford.

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