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Three-time All Star Damien Hayes announces retirement from inter-county hurling

“I’ve loved my time with Galway and don’t regret a single minute of it,” he said.

Damien Hayes earned three All Stars over the course of his career.
Damien Hayes earned three All Stars over the course of his career.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Updated at 19.42

GALWAY’S DAMIEN HAYES, who won three All Stars over the course of his career, has today announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

In a decorated career, Hayes won virtually every medal in the game apart from an elusive All-Ireland — he was an unused sub in the 2001 final against Tipperary and also featured the 2005 and 2012 finals.

He made a record 52 Championship appearances for Galway, scoring 25 goals in the process, though he has found game time harder to come by of late.

Speaking following the news, the player — who also won four All-Ireland club titles with Portumna – said:

“I’ve loved my time with Galway and don’t regret a single minute of it.  Yes, not winning an All-Ireland was unfortunate.  But I see that as a disappointment, not the end of the world.

“I’m extremely proud to have won a Leinster and two National League medals, I made great friends in the Galway dressing-room and I will always back the current players to win that first All-Ireland since 1988.”

He added that he had contemplated the decision over Christmas and said he would continue hurling for Portumna.

First published at 14.18

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