Three-time All Star Damien Hayes has retired from hurling after helping his club Portumna preserve their Senior A status in Galway.

The 37-year-old played his part as Portumna beat Gort to stay in the top flight for 2020. Hayes played for the Tribesmen for 14 years, won two league titles and played in a pair of All-Ireland finals, ending on the losing side both times.

He was also part of the Galway team that won a historic first-ever Leinster title after their move to play in the eastern province. With Portumna he was an All-Ireland champion in 2006, '08, ’09 and ’14.

Star of the show for Portumna in their win over Gort was 43-year-old Ollie Canning, the former All Star defender, who scored two points from play.

This was his 27th season playing senior club hurling having made his debut way back in 1993 as a 16-year-old.