Conor O'Brien described wearing the Tipperary shirt as "a privilege and honour" after bringing the curtain down on his inter-county career.

The 31-year-old came off the bench in the 2010 All-Ireland decider against Kilkenny and also collected five Munster titles in a stellar Premier County career.

The Eire Og Annacarty defender was a popular figure in the Tipp dressing room, but he's decided to walk away having made his senior debut back in 2007.

“Since I first joined the Tipperary senior hurling panel in 2007, I have always felt it a great privilege and honour to represent my county at senior level," O'Brien said.

"Having enjoyed it immensely, I have decided that now is the time to announce my retirement. I will greatly miss being involved with the Tipperary senior hurling panel as all involved among the players, management and backroom team are very special people.

I have always felt it a great privilege and honour to represent my county at senior level.

"I have many great memories and made many lifelong friendships over the last decade. I want to thank all the players sincerely, we had great and some disappointing times together but we have always been united in our ambition to bring success to Tipperary.

"I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt this team will go on to achieve many more great successes.”

Tipperary County Board chairman Michael Bourke hailed the departing O'Brien as "a true leader and great caharacter".

"Players of Conor O'Brien's stature are invaluable to any side and are the bedrock on which all teams are built," said Bourke.

"Since joining up with the Tipperary squad in '07 Conor has shown complete and selfless dedication, commitment and above all else tremendous heart and desire to be at his best personally and also for Tipperary.

"A true leader and great character, his presence will be missed most in the dressing room and on the fields of play."