Offaly hurler and Coolderry native Brian Carroll has today announced his retirement from inter-county hurling after spending 14-years in the Offaly jersey.
The Faithful hurler and son of the great Pat Carroll has won the Offaly GAA hurler of the year at minor, under-21 and senior level and was also nominated for an All-Star in 2014 and enjoyed the GAA/GPA Hurling All-Stars’ one-week tour of the Lone Star State Texas last year. In a statement released through Midlands 103, Carroll says he was ‘privileged’ to fulfill his ‘boyhood dream’ of captaining Offaly in 2010.
He’s wished the players and new management well this year and says he’ll continue supporting Offaly for many years to come. Carroll leaves in light of Offaly’s comfortable victory over DIT yesterday in the Walsh Cup.
Statement from Brian Carroll on his retirement:
It is with both satisfaction and sadness that I announce my retirement from inter-county hurling.
For the past 14 seasons I have been privileged to play for Offaly and got to fulfil my boyhood dreams of captaining my county in 2010, playing in a Leinster Final in Croke Park in 2004 and, probably most importantly for me, the general buzz of playing inter-county hurling with and against the best in the country. I remember playing my first game at under 14 level in the Tony Forristal competition as fondly as my last game against Clare at senior level 20 years later. And although I have had little success during my inter-county career in terms of silverware, I am most grateful for the career I have had and leave the game with wonderful memories and know that I always strived to be the best and beat the best.
I will always be eternally grateful to the numerous people who have encouraged and supported me in my pursuit of my sporting dreams. Firstly and most importantly, I would like to thank my wife Aisling for her continued support and encouragement and for making numerous sacrifices on my behalf. I would especially like to thank my mother Mary who was my biggest avenue of support throughout my career and gave me the confidence to believe in myself.
I would also like to thank the people of Coolderry and Offaly, including the many coaches, trainers, officials and backroom staff who continue to tirelessly ensure hurling thrives in our area. Also, I will always be thankful for my time spent in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, and the University of Limerick and my time spent playing with Leinster where I learned so much about the game from great players and coaches.
While these have been lean years for Offaly supporters, we as players have always been grateful for the continued support you show to our teams. I wish the management and players continued success for the coming years and we long for the return of Offaly hurling and football to greater days. Finally, hurling is and always will be part of who I am and I now look forward to continue to play with my club Coolderry and supporting Offaly hurling teams for many years to come.