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Shefflin, Hayes and Corbett just 3 hurlers who won't be playing inter-county in 2016

Tipp exodus dominates the most prominent retirees.

1. Henry Shefflin – Kilkenny

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King Henry needs no introduction. Three-time Hurler of the Year, 10 All-Ireland medals, 13 Leinster titles, 11 Allstars, five National Leagues and three All-Ireland clubs titles with Ballyhale Shamrocks.

Shefflin confirmed his inter-county retirement in March, at the age of 36, ending a decorated career that began in 1999.

2. Rory Jacob – Wexford

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A feared forward since making his inter-county debut in 2002, Jacob won a Leinster title with Wexford in 2004.

The Oulart-The Ballagh man confirmed his retirement in September, saying that the growing demands of the inter-county game were a major factor in his decision.

He is still hurling excellently at club level however, as shown by his role in the Wexford champions capturing their first club provincial title at the end of last month.

3. Paul Curran – Tipperary

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A Tipperary stalwart for 14 years, Curran’s inter-county career came to an end in April when he was left out of Eamon O’Shea’s championship squad.

The defender won an All Ireland in 2010 with the Premier County, four Munster championships  and two National Leaguue titles.

4. Damien Hayes – Galway

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Hayes revealed his inter-county retirement in January. The Galway speedster played 52 times in the championship for the Tribesmen, scoring 25 goals, appearing in All Ireland final losses in 2005 and 2012.

The 33-year-old won four All Star awards and four All Ireland club titles with Portumna.

5. Keith Rossiter – Wexford

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Rossiter was another high profile star who found the commitment to inter-county level too much in recent times. The 31-year-old told his team-mates in January that he couldn’t commit to another year with the Model County.

A hurler widely respected across the country during his 11-year career, the gutsy defender’s highlight for Wexford was undoubtedly winning the Leinster title in 2004.

6. Conor O’Mahony -Tipperary

Tipperary half-back O’Mahony is another who won’t be playing intercounty in 2016. The two-time Allstar (2008 and 2009) made his senior debut in 2005 and was a regular in the Premier side for the guts of 10 years.

He was on Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning team in 2010 and during his career the Newport man also won five Munster titles and a National League medal.

At just 31 years of age many may feel that he has retired too young but either way, he will be remembered as one of Tipperary’s most consistent hurlers of the last decade.

7. James Woodlock – Tipperary

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Just a day after O’Mahony announced his retirement from inter-county hurling, his Tipp team-mate Woodlock followed suit at just 29 years of age.

Woodlock has been a member of the Tipperary senior panel since 2006 and while he won two Munster titles and a National League, he missed out on the Premier’s All-Ireland win in 2010 with a broken leg sustained playing for his club, Drom and Inch, in the 2009 county final.

8. Shane McGrath – Tipperary

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Woodlock’s midfield partner made it a miserable November trifecta for Tipperary fans when he announced his inter-county retirement at the age of 31.

The two-time Allstar winner had 10 seasons with the Premier County which saw him claim five Munster medals, a National League and an All-Ireland win in 2010.

The Ballinahinch clubman was still a vital cog in Tipperary’s setup and will be a loss to new manager Michael Ryan.

9. Lar Corbett – Tipperary

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Just when they thought that it couldn’t get any worse, one of their most clinical forwards in recent memory followed suit after a 15-year inter-county career.

The 2010 Hurler Of The Year, who won All-Ireland medals in 2001 and 2010, had been struggling with a knee injury for the past two seasons but had shown glimpses of form in Thurles Sarsfields’ run to the Munster championship semi-finals.

He will possibly be best remembered for a hat-trick in the 2010 All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.

He was a three-time Allstar winner (2009-2011), won six Munster titles and two National League titles.

10. Stephen Walsh – Limerick

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Walsh was corner-back on the Treaty team that won the Munster title in 2013 and he decided to call time on his inter-county career at the start of this month.

Work commitments were the Glenroe and Ballylanders clubman’s primary reason for the decision.

The 28-year-old made his senior inter-county debut in 2009, with his crowning moment coming in 2013 when Limerick beat Cork to end a 17-year wait for provincial glory.

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