Boden duo hang up their county hurleys

Ballyboden St Enda’s duo Shane Durkin and Gary Maguire have announced they will step away from the Dublin senior hurling panel following nearly 30 years of combined service to the county.

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Gary Maguire has called time on his county careers Picture: John Kirwan

Ballyboden St Enda’s duo Shane Durkin and Gary Maguire have announced they will step away from the Dublin senior hurling panel following nearly 30 years of combined service to the county.

The pair were both part of the ground-breaking 2011 national league success and the 2013 Leinster championship success. Most recently, they played their part in Boden’s 2018 Dublin senior hurling championship success, adding to six club titles won between 2007 and 2013.

Durkin, 31, made his debut for Dublin 2009 and was a crucial player until 2015, playing 29 championship matches all told in addition to 46 league appearances, landing 41 points in the process. He was not part of the panel in 2017 but did come back to play in the Leinster championship in 2018.

In addition to his seven club titles, he also plays a role in Boden’s football team and has won two Dublin titles as well as being part of the Leinster and All-Ireland winning panel, scoring two points in the final in 2016.

Maguire, 35, was the long-time goalkeeper for Dublin, making his debut in the 2004 national league, helping the county to reach their first Leinster final in 18 years in 2009. The 2011 league final win over Kilkenny was the first for Dublin in 70 years and while Dublin would lose the Leinster final to the same opposition, his performances were enough for him to land the number one all-star jersey.

Reflecting on his retirement, Maguire said: “It has been a huge part of my life since my debut season for the senior team between the posts in 2004.

“I was fortunate enough to experience some great days with the Dubs during the Dalo years and will take those special memories with me. I retire with no regrets and I am content knowing I gave it my best. I want to thank my wife Orla for her support and patience along the journey.”

He went on to thank numerous people for playing their part in his illustrious career and wished Mattie Kenny and the current panel all the best for the season ahead.

Their announcements came soon after Dublin’s Walsh Cup win over Laois on a 0-18 to 0-16 scoreline, earning them a place in the knock-out stages of the competition.

Eamonn Dillon continued his good form with a fourth minute goal, while John Hetherton was also prominent with a seven point haul.

Aaron Dunphy struck a goal for Laois, who still trailed by 1-8 to 1-6 at the break.

Laois moved in front after the restart with PJ Scully sharp from frees and play, but Dublin responded to set up a semi-final meeting against Galway.