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28th Nov 2014

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín finally calls it a day on a stellar 20 year GAA career

End of an era as Seán Óg Ó hAilpín announces club retirement

Darragh Murphy

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín has hung up his boots for the last time after announcing his retirement from club Na Piarsaigh in an interview on Newstalk last night.

Ó hAilpín, 37, has attained legendary status in Cork after guiding the county to three SHC All-Irelands (in 1999, 2004 and 2005) but his last club game is now behind him.

Sean Og O'hAilpin 8/6/2008

Towards the end of the interview on last night’s Off the Ball, he said: “That’s it for me now.

“20 years done of club hurling now and happy enough with my lot.

“Let the new breed of Na Piarsiagh hurler drive on.”

Sean Og O'hAilpin 7/11/2004

After the announcement, Na Piarsaigh’s Bill Kelleher spoke to the Evening Echo about the legacy of the Fiji-born Ó hAilpín.

He said: “What can I say, Seán Óg is an idol up here and he always will be. Since he retired from the inter-county scene he has put even more effort into the club.

“He’s a role model in this club and still is and I have no doubt that will continue to be the case. He has always been at our beckoned call both as hurler and a footballer and his commitment was simply fantastic.”

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