Kilmacud Crokes Ryan O’Dwyer called time on his intercounty hurling career this week after representing both his native Tipperary and his adopted Dubs in senior championship action.
O’Dwyer was part of Dublin’s most recent glory days when winning a NHL1 title in 2011 and a Leinster SHC in 2013, ending 72 and 52 year famines respectively.
Looking back on his varied career, he said of his retirement: “I have decided to call it a day on my inter-county career. It was a privilege and an amazing journey with many peaks and valleys along the way.
“I have great memories from my time as a player and along the way have soldiered and gone to war with some great people.
“Beginning in 2007, my highlights were being part of teams that won a Munster championship, a Leinster championship and two NHL titles.
“Along the way I have developed great friendships and have many treasured memories, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
The Kilmacud Crokes clubman was a member of Pat Gilroy’s squad this year and informed the team after their exit from this summer’s championship.
“I said it to the lads I’d soldiered with for the last number of years, I said ‘thanks very much’.
“They made me feel so welcome coming in because I was taking a big chance. From the very first moment I came in.
“Then I said to the younger lads, the years do pass quick. There’s no point in saying ‘we’ll win it next year or we’ll win it the year after’.
“You want to win it now. Don’t be saying ‘well have a good team in two years’ time’.
“That time might never come. You might not play after this year.
“Even though we’ve had some bad times, the good times overshadow all of them.
“Finally I would like to wish Dublin every bit of success that comes their way.
“I’ll be there shouting you on every step of the journey. Thank you.”