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Praise for JJ from Kilkenny teammates, hurling opponents and Gaelic footballers

The defensive stalwart has announced his retirement today.

JJ Delaney leaves the field after the game JJ Delaney leaves Croke Park after what was his final appearance for Kilkenny Source: James Crombie/INPHO

THE KILKENNY RETIREMENT season has continued this morning with JJ Delaney bowing out after a stellar hurling career with the Cats.

Delaney leaves while still in his prime after starting on this year’s All-Ireland winning side and claiming an Allstar award.

The Kilkenny hurling royalty has been wading in today to salute him.

Richie Hogan

Paul Murphy

Kieran Joyce

Henry Shefflin

Eddie Brennan

Richard Mullally, Eddie Brennan and JJ Delaney 8/9/2002 DIGITAL JJ Delaney with Eddie Brennan and Richie Mullally. Source: INPHO

Eoin Murphy

Michael Fennelly

JJ Delaney and Michael Fennelly 30/11/2011 JJ Delaney and Michael Fennelly in Dublin airport before the 2011 Allstars tour Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

Michael Kavanagh

Lester Ryan

TJ Reid

Jackie Tyrrell

Jackie Tyrrell and JJ Delaney celebrate Jackie Tyrrell and JJ Delaney celebrate their 2012 All-Ireland final win Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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There’s widespread respect for Delaney outside of Kilkenny as well with several opponents acclaiming the Fenians player.

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Joe Canning (Galway)

Seamus Callanan (Tipperary)

Source: Paddy O'Paddy/YouTube

Alan Cadogan (Cork)

Brian Carroll (Offaly)

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Padraic Maher (Tipperary)

James Barry (Tipperary)

Eoin Quigley (Wexford)

 

JJ Delaney and Eoin Quigley JJ Delaney and Eoin Quigley in opposition in 2007. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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And there’s plenty Gaelic footballers who were fans of Delaney as well judging by these tweets.

Kieran Donaghy (Kerry)

Eoin Cadogan (Cork)

Aidan O’Mahony (Kerry)

Aaron Kernan (Armagh)

Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

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