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'My one sporting ambition was to hurl for Limerick' - Treaty defender retires

Stephen Walsh hangs up his hurl, saying “I no longer feel that I can give 100% commitment to the cause.”

Walsh started against both Clare and Tipperary in the Munster championship this summer.
Walsh started against both Clare and Tipperary in the Munster championship this summer.
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LIMERICK HURLER STEPHEN Walsh, corner-back on the Treaty team which won the 2013 Munster title, has retired at the age of 28.

The Glenroe and Ballylanders clubman announced his decision in a short statement this afternoon, citing work commitments.

“After some consideration over the past number of weeks, I feel it is now right for me to call time on my inter-county career with Limerick,” Walsh said.

The commitment required to be an effective inter-county player in today’s game is immense. Having taken on a new career role in September, I no longer feel that I can give 100% commitment to the cause.

Walsh 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.

He continued: “I have been part of Limerick hurling and football teams at all levels from U16 to senior level over the last 15 years.

My one sporting ambition as a child was to hurl for Limerick and I’m deeply honoured that I was afforded the opportunity to do just that.

“I’m grateful to the management teams, their backroom staff and Limerick County Board for helping to make my dreams a reality and for encouraging me at all times.

“I want to sincerely thank all the players on the panel. I have nothing but admiration and respect for all of them. I leave with a lifetime of memories and many great friendships.

“I come from a small, rural area and it was with great pride that I represented the people of Glenroe and Ballylanders each time that I wore the green of Limerick. Thanks to everybody in both clubs for their support and loyalty over the years.

“My family and friends have been a constant support to me and I wish to thank them also. Thanks too to Katie, her support has been unwavering throughout my inter-county journey and she has made numerous sacrifices in the interests of my hurling career.

“To finish, I wish Limerick well for the future. I firmly believe in this talented group to achieve further success and I look forward to witnessing them do just that.”

Walsh is the second high-profile loss from the Limerick panel in recent days following David Breen’s decision to take an inter-county break in 2016.

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