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Two-time Tipperary All-Ireland senior hurling medalist Stapleton has retired

The Boris-Ileigh club man made his senior debut for Tipperary in 2006.

Borris-Ileigh player Paddy Stapleton has retired.
Borris-Ileigh player Paddy Stapleton has retired.

TIPPERARY’S ALL-IRELAND winning defender Paddy Stapleton has revealed his decision to retire.

The 31 year-old won two All-Ireland senior hurling medals with the county while he claimed six Munster senior hurling medals and was nominated for an All-Star award on three occasions – 2009, 2010 and 2014.

In 2010 Stapleton started at corner-back in Tipperary’s success over Kilkenny before winning his second medal in September as part of the Premier panel.

He becomes the second Tipperary player to retire since their recent Liam MacCarthy Cup triumph with Conor O’Brien having retired last month.

Stapleton made his senior competitive debut for Tipperary in the 2006 Waterford Crystal Shield against Waterford, before making his league debut against Limerick in 2008 and his championship debut as a blood substitute in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final against Waterford.

He won a Munster minor hurling medal with Tipperary in 2003 and a Munster U21 hurling medal with the county in 2006.

Stapleton today released a statement explaining his decision.

“Following ten wonderful years playing senior hurling for Tipperary since first being called up by Babs Keating in 2006, which had until then been a lifelong dream, I wish to announce my retirement from the inter-county scene.

“I wish to thank my family, especially my parents Patricia and John, for all the positivity and advice through the years and also to my partner Jozette and close friends for supporting me always, particularly when I had injury setbacks.

Colin Fennelly and Paddy Stapleton Colin Fennelly and Paddy Stapleton in action in the 2014 All-Ireland senior hurling final replay Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

“I owe a huge gratitude of thanks to the Principal and my fellow staff members of Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed Secondary School, Thurles, who facilitated me in any way they could during my time with the county.

“My club Borris-Ileigh have always made life easy for me when playing with Tipperary and it will be a pleasure to give back as much as I can to them in the coming years.

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“Equally the Gaelic Players Association has helped massively whenever I needed assistance and they provide a great service for the players.

Paddy Stapleton celebrates with Shane McGrath Paddy Stapleton celebrates Tipperary's 2010 All-Ireland senior hurling final win with Shane McGrath Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

“In the Tipperary backroom over the years, men of the calibre of John Casey, Paddy O’Brien, Dr. Kevin Delargy, Dr Brendan Murphy and Mick Clohessy had their work cut out keeping me injury-free and they all did a fantastic job and I sincerely thank them for that.

“The Tipperary county board has also been great to me and continue to support the team to an elite level with the much appreciated assistance from the Tipperary supporters club.

“I’d like to thank the supporters who kept the faith through good times and bad, it was a huge privilege and honour to represent them.

“I would like to thank all the players I played with and I feel unbelievably lucky to have shared a dressing-room with some of the best Tipperary have ever produced.

“More importantly, I have made lifelong friendships and shared fantastic memories with great people. All the management teams played important roles in my life and each deserve enormous credit for taking on their respective roles.

“It is important for me that I especially acknowledge Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Mick Ryan. They put huge trust in me and always led their teams in the best manner possible.

“Finally I’d like to wish the current panel the very best of luck for 2017 and beyond. There is a great mix of youth and experience within this group and I have every faith that they will keep performing to the highest levels similar to what has been reached in recent years.”

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