Galway's three-time All-Star hurler Damien Hayes has retired from the inter-county side ahead of the 2015 season.

The Portumna man played for the county's seniors since 2001, amassing a record-breaking 52 Championship appearances for the Tribesmen.

Hayes won All-Star awards in 2005, 2010 and 2012 and played for Galway in the All-Ireland finals of '05, against Cork, and against Kilkenny in 2012, where the Tribesmen fell at the final hurdle.

He was part of the team that won Galway's first Leinster hurling title in 2012 and the Allianz Hurling League in 2004 and 2010.

Speaking to the GPA website, Hayes said: “I’ve loved my time with Galway and don’t regret a single minute of it.  

“Yes, not winning an All-Ireland was unfortunate, but I see that as a disappointment, not the end of the world.

“I’m extremely proud to have won a Leinster and two National League medals, I made great friends in the Galway dressing-room and I will always back the current players to win that first All-Ireland since 1988.”

Hayes scored 25 Championship goals for Galway, while the corner-forward has also won three All-Ireland medals with club side Portumna.