Four-time All-Ireland winning defender Paul Murphy has called time on his inter-county hurling career with Kilkenny.

Danesfort man Murphy, who turns 32 this month, had a dream debut season in 2011, winning the Leinster and All-Ireland titles and an All-Star award at right corner-back.

A tenacious marker and superb in the air, he again lifted Liam MacCarthy and was named an All-Star in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Murphy also won three Allianz Hurling League titles, was nominated for the Hurler of the Year award in 2012 and was RTÉ's choice at No 2 in our hurling team of the previous decade.

He also played in the Cats' 2016 and 2019 final defeats, the latter being his final championship appearance. 

In a statement, Murphy, an army lieutenant, said "For as long as I can remember it has been my dream to hurl for Kilkenny and I am proud to say I lived that dream.

"Thanks to all my team-mates down through the years and the journey you brought me on.

"It's a privilege to have hurled not only with but against some of the greatest players ever to play the game, a memory which I will always cherish.

"I would also like to thank the management teams that have given me the opportunities over the years and the county board and supporters club for all your hard work and dedication to Kilkenny GAA."