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CALLS IT A DAY Cork's Eoin Cadogan retires from inter-county game

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Limerick manager John Kiely with Eoin Cadogan of Cork after the All-Ireland final. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Limerick manager John Kiely with Eoin Cadogan of Cork after the All-Ireland final. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Limerick manager John Kiely with Eoin Cadogan of Cork after the All-Ireland final. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Eoin Cadogan, the last remaining current playing link to Cork's 2010 All-Ireland football win, has retired from the inter-county game.

Cadogan, one of the last of the GAA's dual players operating at the highest level, had not played football with Cork since 2017 and just last August lined out with the hurlers in the All-Ireland final defeat to Limerick.

He was an All-Ireland U-21 football winner with Cork in 2007 and made his hurling debut the following year with a towering performance against Tipperary in the championship in 2008.

For five seasons he played with both the hurling and football squads but by 2014 it was clear that such an arrangement was no longer feasible and by 2015 he had committed solely to the Cork footballers, an arrangement that lasted three years before he switched his attention to hurling only again.

He won Munster medals at minor, U-21 and senior level in hurling and was renowned as a strong and athletic defender with a big game temperament.

The 35-year-old Douglas man issued a statement to confirm his departure, stating that “throughout my 15-year career, representing

Cork in both hurling and football, I can rest easy in the knowledge that I did so with pride, respect and honour for my team-mates, my club, supporters and the Cork jersey.

“To be able to say I played at the highest level in hurling, football and represented my country in international rules is a dream I've made real through hard work, determination and perseverance.”

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