One of Ireland's top cricketers has announced his retirement

The Dubliner is one of four players to represent Ireland at three World Cups.

Ireland's John Mooney has announced his retirement.
Ireland's John Mooney has announced his retirement.
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IRISH CRICKETER JOHN Mooney has announced his retirement with immediate effect, it has been confirmed.

The 33-year-old told Head Coach John Bracewell of his decision earlier today.

In a statement on Cricket Ireland’s official website, Mooney explained: “I’ve decided to call time on what has been a wonderful career in the green of Ireland.

“At this stage of my career, I’m beginning to think about what comes next, especially commitments to my new gym and personal training business. I’ve always given 100% to the team, and it wouldn’t be fair on them to keep going if I’m not fully committed.

“I’ve also been playing internationally for 14 years and over the past few seasons have found that the intensity and demands of the modern game have placed a considerable strain on my body. It’s also become increasingly difficult to spend such long periods of time away from my wife and young family.”

Mooney is one of only four Irish players to play in three World Cups, along with the O’Brien brothers and William Porterfield.

“I’ve some fantastic memories having played in three World Cups – the first of which in 2007 included my elder brother Paul,” he added. “In 2011 I also had what I described as my ‘Ray Houghton moment’ hitting the winning runs against England.

“I’ve worn the jersey with pride and passion in the last 14 years and would like to thank my family, team mates, support staff and Cricket Ireland who have helped me during what has been an incredible journey.”

Irish skipper Porterfield was among those to pay tribute, explaining: “Of course he’ll always be remembered for the game against England in Bangalore but for me his bowling display in the ICup win over Afghanistan summed up for me what he was all about. He led the attack after Trent went off injured and took 10 for 81 on a batting paradise in difficult conditions.  I would personally like to thank him for everything that he has done for Irish cricket.

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Irish Head Coach Bracewell added: “John Mooney has been an iconic figure for Irish cricket where his passionate and talented displays played an integral part in our success.

“His longevity in a 14-year career is testament to both his talent and his consistency — he rarely let his team down and it’s no coincidence that he was involved in so many key moments in Ireland’s triumphs over the years.

“I’d like to thank him for his efforts over an illustrious career, and wish him and his family all the very best in the future.”

Mooney featured 182 times in total for Ireland in all competitions, in a career that included 64 ODIs and 27 T20Is.

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