Limerick's Richie McCarthy has announced his inter-county retirement. 

The 32-year-old Blackrock player made his senior inter-county debut in 2011  He won an All-Ireland in 2018, Munster titles in 2013 and 2019 and as well as Division 1 and 2 league medals.

He won an All-Star at full-back in 2013 and was a hugely influential figure as Limerick re-captured the Munster championship after a 17-year gap. 

McCarthy featured in Limerick's 2018 All-Ireland success, being introduced for Mike Casey for the final 20 minutes of the final victory over Galway.

He missed out on the opportunity to contribute to Limerick's title defence in 2019 due to a cruciate ligament injury and today signalled his intention to retire from inter-county hurling after 11 years.  

McCarthy said: "Today I am announcing my retirement from the Limerick senior hurling team. It has been an incredible 11 year journey but the time is right for me to now step away.

"It is the greatest honour for any GAA player to wear their county colours but it has also been the wild dreams of a youngster from Kilfinane.

McCarthy celebrating with the Liam MacCarthy after the 2018 All-Ireland final win

"To all of my teammates who have worked so hard to achieve what we have achieved, all I can say is thank you, it has been a pleasure. I am left with many great memories including the greatest of all when I was able to lift the Liam MacCarthy in front of Hill 16.

"I would like to thank and acknowledge the immeasurable contribution of the many management, medical and back room teams I have been with for over a decade as well as the help and support I received from the Limerick County Board. Thank you also to my club Blackrock for your support and belief in me as a player."

McCarthy added: "To the supporters of Limerick, I want to say a huge thank you. Your continued belief and support of us is everything that makes playing for Limerick so special. 

"I would like to wish John, Declan and all the panel the very best for the coming year. I look forward to playing with Blackrock for many years to come."