Three-time All-Ireland winner Brendan Maher has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling after 13 years representing Tipperary.

The 32-year-old Borris-Ileigh man played in every line except the full-forwards for the Premier County and won three All-Stars.

A minor All-Ireland winner in 2006 and '07, Maher made his senior debut in the 2009 Munster championship and started that year's All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny.

In 2010, he was named Young Hurler of the Year and an All-Star at midfield as Tipperary gained revenge over the Cats to win their first title in nine years. He was also on the U21 team that completed a double six days later.

Maher won his second All-Star at wing-back in 2014 as Tipp once again fell in the final to Kilkenny but had the privilege of lifting Liam MacCarthy as captain against the same opponents in 2016.

Maher suffered a cruciate ligament injury in 2018 but recovered to win his third All-Ireland title - and third All-Star - against Kilkenny in Tipperary's 2019 triumph.

In all, he played in six All-Ireland finals, all against Brian Cody's men, winning three and losing three. He was also a five-time Munster champion and was instrumental in Borris-Ileigh lifting the most recent Munster club title in 2019.

He started every championship game for Tipperary this year, his last appearance the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Waterford.

Brendan Maher in action against Kilkenny in the 2010 final

Maher said in a statement: "After 13 years playing with Tipperary, I have decided that now is the right time to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling.

"It was a huge honour and privilege for me to wear the Tipperary jersey and I am very grateful to have played with so many top-class players and to have enjoyed many successes with them. The inter-county game requires very significant commitment, and I am happy that I can look back on my career with no regrets having given everything that I could during my time with Tipperary.

"Firstly, I want to thank the Tipperary players sincerely, I have made lifelong friendships with so many of them. I am also very grateful to the managers and backroom teams who gave me so much support and guidance.

"As a player, I always received immense support from the Tipperary County Board, Tipperary Supporters Club and Associations, Tipperary team sponsors and the GPA. I want to thank all of them. Thanks also to the Tipperary supporters who I have always been so proud to represent.

To my club, Borris-Ileigh, where it all began, a huge thank you. I look forward to what the next few years will bring as we continue our journey.

"My parents, Johnny and Anne, have done everything they possibly could to support and encourage me and there are no words to describe my gratitude to them. I have always looked up to my three older brothers, Sean, Declan, and Martin, to whom I am very grateful for instilling such self-belief and will to win in me. My nieces, nephews and extended family have always been very loyal supporters and I want to say thanks to all of them.

"I am very lucky to have had such constant support and encouragement from my fiancée, Aoife. She has helped me get through the toughest of times and being able to share so many wonderful moments with her has made it all extra special.

"Finally, I wish Tipperary all the very best for 2022 and beyond. I have no doubt that the players and management will do everything in their power to bring more success to the county in the years ahead."

Tipperary County Board said they thanked Maher for "his commitment, dedication and selflessness during his distinguished career at both underage and adult level.

"Brendan led by example on and off the pitch and was hugely respected and admired by his fellow players and management teams.

"Brendan was instrumental in many of Tipperary's successes and was someone who stood tall when the pressure to perform was at its highest level. We are extremely grateful to Brendan for his service to the county and we wish him the very best of good luck in the future."