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Lifting Liam as captain, winning 6 Allstars and scoring for fun - Eoin Kelly's hurling career

The Mullinahone maestro called it a day today.

1. Eoin as a young lad from Mullinahone in the early days with Tipp seniors back in 2001

Source: Tom Honan/INPHO

2. Underage days had brought All-Ireland defeats like the 1999 minor final

Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

3. Lining up alongside Declan Ryan and Lar Corbett for the 2001 season

Source: INPHO

4. Celebrating Liam MacCarthy Cup glory with victory over Galway in 2001

Source: INPHO

5. Captaining Limerick IT to the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2005

Source: INPHO

6. At club level Kelly helped Mullinahone win the 2002 Tipperary senior hurling crown

Source: INPHO

Kelly bagged 2-7 against Thurles Sarsfields in the Tipperary county final in 2002. Source: INPHO

7. There were six Allstar awards in total for Kelly during his career

In 2002 with Sean McCague

Source: INPHO

In 2005 with Sean Kelly

Source: INPHO

In 2010 with Brendan Maher, Paul Curran, Lar Corbett, Noel McGrath and Brendan Cummins

Source: Cathal Noonan

8. Those Allstar wins meant plenty trips abroad

Heading to Buenos Aires in 2009 with Brendan Cummins Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

9. He helped out the All-Ireland winning Tipperary minors as a water boy in 2006

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

10. There was some tough defeats to take against Kilkenny

Being commiserated by Brian Cody in 2009 Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Losing out in the 2013 qualifier in Nowlan Park Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

11. Like everyone else in Ireland, he cheered on Katie Taylor in 2012

Kelly watches on as Taylor wins gold at the 2012 London Olympics Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

12. As a scoring machine for Tipperary, he had plenty cause to celebrate

Eoin Kelly celebrates scoring a point He toasted scoring a point against Cork in 2008 Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Eoin Kelly celebrates scoring his first goal Raising a green flag against Waterford in Croke Park in 2010 Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Eoin Kelly celebrates scoring Hitting the net against Clare in the Munster semi-final in 2011 Source: James Crombie/INPHO

13. Kelly had plenty battles down through the years

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

14. As Tipperary captain he got to lift plenty silverware

Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Source: James Crombie

15. His crowning glory came when he captained Tipperary to the 2010 All-Ireland title

Source: Cathal Noonan

Source: Cathal Noonan

Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

16. A stellar career ended in defeat and meeting Henry on his final outing with Tipperary

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

2010 All-Ireland winning captain Kelly announces his Tipperary retirement

9 of Eoin Kelly’s best scores during his brilliant Tipperary hurling career

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