Paudie Kissane announces his retirement

Cork footballer has made the decision to hang up his boots

Paudie Kissane has called time on his inter-county career, the Cork half back announcing his retirement this morning.

Kissane, who helped the Rebels claim their last All-Ireland title in 2009, will continue to play with his club Clyda Rovers.

The 33-year-old announced his decision in today’s Irish Examiner, saying: “My dream, since I was a young fella, was to play with Cork and I feel extremely lucky and privileged to have been given that opportunity.

“As a player, naturally you always remember some of your disappointments and wish you won more, but I can’t complain, considering what’s been achieved since 2008.


"I would like to thank my family and all those close to me for their ongoing support and encouragement over the years and also my own club Clyda Rovers. I wish every success to Brian Cuthbert and his new management team for 2014 and beyond."

The Cork county board paid tribute to Kissane in a statement, adding: “Our thanks to Paudie for his outstanding contribution to Cork GAA over so many years, and best wishes to him in his future endeavours.”