Johnny McCaffrey was a real leader for Dublin as they soared to new heights, bridging long gaps to win Leinster and league silverware with McCaffrey as captain. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Lucan’s Johnny McCaffrey has called time on a stellar inter-county hurling career with Dublin, spanning over a decade, in which he was a strong part of a golden era for hurling in the capital with Minor, Under 21 and Senior successes.

The 31-year old confirmed on Thursday that he wouldn’t be continuing with Dublin for 2019, thus ending a brilliant career which saw him help Dublin to a Leinster Senior title, a Division 1 League success and two Walsh Cup titles.

The talented midfielder also had a glorious career at Underage level with Dublin, picking up Leinster titles at Minor and Under 21 levels.

“I would like to announce that I am retiring from the Dublin senior hurling team,” McCaffrey said in a statement.

“I feel very fortunate and lucky to have represented Dublin since I was 13 making my senior debut in 2006. I would like to thank Tommy Naughton for giving me my debut.

“I would like to thank Anthony Daly and his management team for giving me the massive honour of captaining my county for 4 years, making history along the way. We in Dublin hurling owe a lot to Dalo for getting us back competing at the top table. I would also like to thank Pat Gilroy and his management team for the work they did over the last 12months in getting Dublin back on track.

“I was very lucky to have played with some of the best hurlers that Dublin has ever produced. I made some great friends, won silverware and created memories that will last us a lifetime.

“I would like to thank my club Lucan Sarsfields for supporting me through my inter county career and look forward to focusing my full energy on the club from now on.

“I would like to thank my family especially my parents Sandra and Sean and brother
Matthew.

“Without their support and encouragement over the years through good times and bad none of this would have been possible. Also a special mention to my Nan who was my no1 supporter. I want to thank my wife Paula Jean for her unwavering support and understanding in helping me be the best player I can be.

“Finally I want to wish Mattie his management and all the players the very best for the 2019 season. I look forward to supporting you all the way. Cheers Johnny. Up the dubs.”
Dublin GAA paid tribute to Johnny for his dedication and committment to Dublin on and off the pitch over the years.

“Everyone in the Dublin County Board would like to sincerely thank Johnny for his loyal service & hard-work in the name of Dublin GAA, and we wish him all the best for the future. UpThe Dubs!”
Lucan Sarsfields also wished Johnny well in his inter-county retirement.

“Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club are very proud of Johnny, and we want acknowledge his remarkable inter-county career, he has been a shining light for the club over those remarkable ten years,” they said.

“He was our GPO for a number of years and had so much time for the children of the club and inspired so many across the club and continues to do so. As Dublin captain, he lifted three Leinster titles (Minor, U21, Senior) the most historic in 2013 when he captained the Dublin Senior Hurling to the title after a 52 year gap. Bringing the Cup back to Lucan Sarsfields was a marvellous occasion for us and will always be remembered.

Lucan Sarsfields added, “While his inter county career is coming to an end, he continues to be a great asset to our club, and we hope he enjoys more success with us. He continues to bring so much to the club not just on the hurling field but all across the club, helping with juvenile teams training, offering support and guidance to coaches and sometimes even playing some football!

“A true leader.”