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Paudie Kissane calls time on Cork career

Updated: Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 10:36 | Comments

Paudie Kissane: 'My dream, since I was a young fella, was to play with Cork'
Paudie Kissane: 'My dream, since I was a young fella, was to play with Cork'

Cork’s Paudie Kissane has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

The 33-year-old half-back won one All-Ireland, three Munster and three Division 1 titles with the Rebels.

Kissane, a 2010 All-Star, won an intermediate county title with his club Clyda Rovers earlier this month and told the Irish Examiner: “My dream, since I was a young fella, was to play with Cork and I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have been given that opportunity.

"As a player, naturally you always remember some of your disappointments and wish you won more, but I can’t complain, considering what’s been achieved since 2008."

Referring to the commitment needed for inter-county football, Kissane said: “I don’t think it’s getting too demanding.

"Okay, you can’t go here and you can’t go there, you’re watching your nutrition and your hydration, the video analysis.

"You’re missing out on weddings and stags but it’s worth it."

"I am very grateful to Conor for giving me another chance in 2008 to represent my county" - Paudie Kissane

“People say to me ‘Jesus, you make great sacrifices’. But I never saw it as sacrifices.

“I did it because I genuinely wanted to do it. If I wanted to go pinting every weekend I would have done that. I was happy to do it.

“When the ball was thrown in at Páirc Uí Chaoimh or Fitzgerald Stadium, the pitch was where you wanted to be.”

Kissane was briefly part of the Cork panel in 2002 and 2003 before making his Championship debut in 2008 at the relatively late age of 28 and said: “I am very grateful to Conor (Counihan) for giving me another chance in 2008 to represent my county at the highest level.

“I would like to thank my family and all those close to me for their ongoing support and encouragement over the years and also my own club Clyda Rovers.

"I wish every success to Brian Cuthbert and his new management team for 2014 and beyond.”

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