Paul Curran, an All-Ireland winner in 2010, has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling with Tipperary.
After playing in the game against Waterford just 2 weeks ago, Eamon O'Shea decided to release Curran from the Tipperary Panel.
Curran was not the only player to be relieved of his duties by Manger O'Shea but certainly he is the highest profile player.
The 33-year-old has been on the Tipperary panel since 2001. He made his first Championship appearance in 2002 when he came off the bench against Offaly.
The Mullinahone clubman played at full-back in the 2010 All-Ireland final win over Kilkenny. He has 1 All-Ireland medal, 2 Allianz League medals and 5 Munster Championship medals.
This is what Curran had to say about the Decision.
"Having had the great honour of being a member of the Tipperary Senior hurling panel for the past 15 years, I have decided to call time on my inter-county hurling career. It was a huge privilege for me to wear the blue and gold and to represent my county,"
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the many people who have supported me during my hurling career. I am very grateful to all the players, management and backroom staff who have given me such support over the years.
"I want to thank my club, and the people of Mullinahone, for their loyalty and encouragement during my time playing with Tipperary. I want to thank especially my family and my wife, Tracy, for the sacrifices they have made and for their great support at all times.
"I am very grateful for the many opportunities and friendships that being part of this team has afforded me and I have many great memories that I will forever treasure.
"Finally, I want to wish Tipperary well for the future. I have great hopes for this team and have no doubt they will go on to bring many more honours to the county."