Dublin Leinster SHC title-winning defender Niall Corcoran has announced his inter-county retirement.

The Ballinasloe-born 34-year-old transferred to the Sky Blues back in 2008 and was part of Anthony Daly's side that cruised past his native Galway to lift the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the first time in 52 years.

"As a child my one ambition in life was to play hurling at the highest level and I am grateful to Dublin for giving me that opportunity," Corcoran said in a statement.

"Throughout my career I have had the privilege of playing against and with some truly outstanding players, many of whom will remain friends for life.

"I would like to thank my family and friends who have been a constant support to me during the good days and bad.

"To Dublin County Board for their unwavering support both on and off the pitch, no stone was left unturned in our pursuit of excellence. Thanks also to the GPA for their help in the development of my professional career.

"From growing up in a small rural hurling hearth land, to moving to a vibrant suburban GAA stronghold, it was with great pride that I represented both the people of Kilmacud Crokes and Meelick/Eyrecourt each time I wore the sky blue of Dublin.

"I sincerely thank both clubs for their support and loyalty over the years."

On Friday morning, Jackie Tyrrell has brought the curtain down on his glittering Kilkenny career after 14 years in the black and amber.