Brian Geary, one of the most â€˜cappedâ€™ Limerick hurlers of all time, has announced his retirement from the game.
Geary, who made his championship debut in 1999 against Cork, played 45 times for Limerick, three short of the record held by Mark Foley.
The Monaleen clubman featured at centre-forward in three of this yearâ€™s championship games but he made his name as a centre-back of considerable quality and was on the Limerick team that reached the All Ireland final in 2007.
Limerick GAA secretary Mike Oâ€™Riordan announced the news on Twitter this morning.
â€œBrian Geary has announced his retirement from inter county activity,â€ tweeted Oâ€™Riordan. â€œOn behalf of Limerick GAA, we wish him all the best for the future.â€
Gearyâ€™s retirement means that Donal Oâ€™Grady and Niall Moran are the only two remaining players from Limerickâ€™s golden era at underage level when they won three All Ireland U-21s from 2000 to 2002. Geary was centre-back on the first of those teams in 2000.
Indeed the year 2000 was particularly good one for Geary as he also won a Munster U-21 football title with Limerick at corner-back and played in the All Ireland final where Limerick were beaten by Tyrone. He has also enjoyed a fine club football career with Monaleen, winning four senior titles in 2002, 2005, 2010 and 2011.
He was initially named in John Allenâ€™s 40-man training squad for the coming season but has since opted to call it a day.