One of the most animated characters in the Dublin hurling scene has announced his retirement.
In an interview with TheHerald.ie Ryan O’Dwyer revealed that he informed his teammates of his decision following their round-robin defeat to Galway last month.
“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.”
We would like to wish Ryan O’Dwyer all the best following his retirement from inter-county Hurling! The gutsy forward played Senior Hurling with Dublin for the past 8 years and won a National League title in 2011 and a Leinster Championship in 2013. pic.twitter.com/diYR6tOTuc
— Kilmacud Crokes GAA (@KCrokesGAAClub) July 4, 2018
Ryan began his inter county career with his native Tipperary, winning a National League and Munster title in 2008 before he switched allegiances to Dublin in 2010 following his move to the capital. During that time, he won a National League title in 2011 before helping Dublin to their first Leinster senior championship win in 52 in 2013.