The curtain has been drawn on the career of one of Wexford's most charismatic hurlers following the announcement by former All Star defender Larry O'Gorman that he is to retire from the game.

O'Gorman's announcement comes less that two weeks after Liam Dunne, his half-back colleague of the '96 All-Ireland winning side, also chose to opt out of the inter-county scene.

The Wexford town player has been part of the senior inter-county scene for the past fifteen years, with the highlight of his career being the 1996 All-Ireland final victory over Limerick.

O'Gorman has one All-Ireland medal to his credit along with two provincial medals, '96 and '97, as well as an All Star Award in '96.

Strangely, O'Gorman started out his inter-county career as a goalkeeper at under-age level before turning into one of the finest defenders in the game. He dominated the Wexford half-back line for many seasons while also playing at different stages at corner-back, midfield and attack.

O'Gorman attended Thursday night's training session of the hurling squad but it was later that night that he made his decision to call it a day.

"I came home from training and put my training gear in the washing machine. I just said 'that's it'. The training was heavy and I'm just not able for it any more. I decided that this is the best time to call it day and give the young players an opportunity in the league."

However, the 37-year-old Faythe Harriers clubman will not be lost to the game as he will continue to play at club level and is looking forward to assisting the capital town club in this year's County Championship.

With the retirements of both Dunne and O'Gorman only four of the 1996 All-Ireland winning side, namely Damian Fitzhenry, Colm Kehoe, Rory McCarthy and Larry Murphy, remain available to manager John Conran.

Filed by Shane Murray