Six-time All-Star winner Padraic Maher has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling with Tipperary at the age of 32.
One of the most consistent in the Tipperary ranks, Maher confirmed his retirement on medical grounds on Tuesday morning.
With three All-Ireland senior hurling medals won against Kilkenny in 2010, 2016, and 2019, Maher’s accolades and achievements in the sport stretch from underage right through the senior ranks.
He made his National League debut in March 2009, coming on as a sub against Dublin, winning his first All-Star award in the same year at full-back. Five more would follow in 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017 and most recently at wing-back in 2019.
Statement from Padraic Maher
“It is not the end I would have wished for, but the time has come for me to announce my retirement from hurling. Unfortunately, I recently received medical advice regarding a neck injury, and I have been advised to step away from contact sport. It is heartbreaking to have to make this decision, but it’s the most important one for me and my health moving forward.”
“Representing Tipperary has been my lifelong dream and I am truly honoured and privileged to have played for Tipperary for 13 seasons. I have made some truly great friends and met some great people. I have made memories that will stick with me for the rest of my days. While I truly wished this could have lasted a bit longer, I am glad that I can look back and know that I gave everything I had for the blue and gold jersey.”
“I want to thank all the Tipperary players I played with over the years, some of whom are the greatest to ever represent this county. To all the management teams, backroom personnel, doctors, and physios, there is no doubt we were in great hands with you all involved. I am truly grateful for all you have done for me. The Tipperary County Board, the Tipperary Supporters Club, and the various sponsors, have never left us wanting for anything and I want to thank you all sincerely for your support.”
“One of my highlights was getting to play with my brother Ronan. We have made memories that will last us a lifetime. I will be your biggest supporter now and will continue to follow your already remarkable career with excitement.”
You can read the full statement here.