Crokes’ Corcoran retires from Dubs

by Gazette Reporter

KILMACUD Crokes star Niall Corcoran retired from the Dublin intercounty hurling side this week following a nine-year stint with the county’s seniors at the age of 34.
From Meelick on the Galway/Offaly border originally, he initially played for the Tribesmen, winning an All-Ireland minor championship in 2000 before switching to Dublin with whom he made his senior debut in 2008.
With the Dubs, he played a key role in a couple of breakthrough performances, winning the National League in 2011 before landing a Leinster championship success in 2013, beating Galway in the final in Croke Park.
In Kilmacud colours – with whom he has been a long-term coach – Corcoran played his part in two Dublin club championship wins.
Reflecting on his career, he was thankful to the Dubs for giving him the opportunity to fulfil his dreams.
“As a child, my one ambition in life was to play hurling at the highest level and I am grateful to Dublin for giving me that opportunity,” he said. “Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of playing against and with some truly outstanding players, many of whom will remain friends for life.
“From growing up in a small rural hurling heartland, to moving to a vibrant suburban GAA stronghold, it was with great pride that I represented both the people of Kilmacud Crokes and Meelick/Eyrecourt each time I wore the sky blue of Dublin.
“I sincerely thank both clubs for their support and loyalty over the years. I would like to acknowledge the many coaches and teachers who guided me through my hurling education as a child and instilled in me a love of what can only be described as the greatest game in the world.
“Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the various management and backroom teams that I have the pleasure of getting to know while representing Dublin, I thank you for believing in me.
“To finish, I wish Dublin well for the future. I firmly believe in this talented group of players achieving further success.
“I leave with many great friendships, a couple of medals and a lifetime of memories.”

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