Kilkenny legend Colin Fennelly confirms inter-county retirement after Ballyhale success

Kilkenny legend Colin Fennelly confirms inter-county retirement after Ballyhale success

Colin Fennelly confirmed his retirement from inter-county hurling after captaining Ballyhale Shamrocks to their 19th Kilkenny county title yesterday.

Having opted out of Brian Cody’s panel for the 2021 season, the 32-year-old said that he will not be rejoining the fold for the forthcoming campaign.

“Naw, I’ll be finished up,” he said. “I have had enough. I had a year to think about it and I am glad I took that time to think about it.

“I am happy playing with the club and there are so many young lads coming through. I had a great time playing with Kilkenny. Fantastic so it was.”

Fennelly won four All-Irelands, five Leinster titles, three National Leagues and a pair of All Stars over the course of his inter-county career, while yesterday he picked up his 10th county title having also collected five All-Irelands and six Leinsters with Ballyhale.

Colin Fennelly celebrates Kilkenny’s All-Ireland win with Henry Shefflin in 2014

And, having been denied the opportunity to defend their All-Ireland title last season, they will now bid to become the first club to win the Tommy Moore Cup three years running.

“I won’t be stopping with the club, that is for sure. The Leinster Championship is very much on our radar now.

“We are out in three weeks’ time (against Mount Leinster Rangers) and we will be looking forward to it. We will enjoy this moment, and for the week and then we will get back to training.

“We are after doing the second four in-a-row. This is my 10th championship win. Myself, Eoin Reid and TJ, three of us left of the first one. This is an amazing feeling. I am delighted for the club and team.”

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