Dublin’s Barry Cahill has announced his retirement from inter-county football at the age of 31.

The 2011 All-Ireland champion and eight-time Leinster title winner confirmed in a statement today that he has called time on a 13-year career with the Dubs.

He said: "Having reflected on my position over the past few months I wish to announce my retirement from inter-county football.

"It is not a decision I have taken lightly; wearing the Dublin jersey has been of paramount importance in my life for over a decade. I was privileged to play for Dublin and the experience of winning an All-Ireland medal in 2011 will be one I will cherish forever.

"However, having played 11 championship seasons with Dublin, I now feel the time is right to hang up my inter-county boots. I must also consider the development of my career outside of football.

"I will continue to play football with St Brigid’s and am delighted to focus my efforts with my club who, having nurtured me as a young player, have always supported me with my commitment to county football.

"I would like to thank all those who supported me during that period, in particular the three Dublin managers under whom I played; all contributed to my development both as a player and indeed a person.

"There were many others behind the scenes, backroom staff, medical teams and officials who worked on our behalf and I would like to extend my thanks to them all.

"Finally I would like to wish Jim Gavin and his Dublin squad the very best of luck for the season ahead."