Tipperary's Seán O'Brien has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling with immediate effect.

The Newport clubman bows out with a senior All-Ireland winners medal from 2019 and a minor All-Ireland title from 2006.

O'Brien's final game for the senior Tipperary side came in the Munster semi-final defeat to Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at the start of November.

In a statement, O'Brien confirmed his decision to step down from the Tipperary panel and paid special tribute to manager Liam Sheedy and coach Tommy Dunne.

O'Brien wrote: "Having been afforded the opportunity to hurl and wear the blue and gold of Tipperary for over the last 15 years, from minor, U21, intermediate and senior, culminating in the All-Ireland success in 2019, the time is now right for me to step away from the inter-county scene.

"I do so happy in the knowledge that I gave 100% each time I took to the field, where some days worked out better than others, but that is the joy of our wonderful game.

"The comradery and friendships I have made along the way will remain with me for life and I will certainly miss the buzz and atmosphere of the dressing room particularly on match day. I would like to thank all the players I played with and to say thanks for all their support and unity over the years.

"To the various Tipperary management teams, I thank you most sincerely for your faith in me as a player. In particular, I would like to give special mention to Tommy Dunne who coached me throughout my career and instilled great belief and confidence in me.  

"I wish to thank Liam Sheedy and the management team of 2019; we had an unforgettable year and all the joy that it brought to the entire county and beyond. Though we all tried our hardest again this year, it wasn't to be."