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GAA | Shane Dowling retires from inter-county hurling

Limerick's all-time leading scorer Shane Dowling has retired from inter-county hurling at the age of 27.

The Na Piarsaigh forward has been forced to withdraw from the sport at inter-county level due to a degenerative knee injury known as osteochondroma, which has required three surgeries in as many years.

2014 All-Star Dowling, who made his Limerick debut in 2012 and helped the Treaty to end their 45-year Liam MacCarthy drought in 2018, revealed the news by publishing a statement on Twitter.

“To be speaking about retirement from the game I adore at the age of 27 is not what I ever intended or imagined, and I still hardly believe this is happening, but unfortunately I have been left with no other option," he wrote.

“After three surgeries on my knee in as many years, and with the possibility of another, my knee can no longer support the demands of inter-county hurling”.

Dowling has enjoyed a stellar career which has seen the forward win an All-Ireland club title with Na Piarsaigh at club level (2016), two Munster titles, two Railway Cups, the Allianz Hurling League, an under-21 Munster title and the Liam MacCarthy Cup with his county.

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