Mark Moloney has played his last game for the Kildare Hurlers after he confirmed his retirement this evening.
The Celbridge stalwart now puts to bed over a decade in the white jersey and he can look back on it with huge fulfilment.
The highlights were no doubt the two Christy Ring Cups he won in 2014 and 2018 against Kerry and London respectively as he started both games from his favoured centre back position and had a huge impact in the successes.
Last year was particularly special for Moloney as he made the Christy Ring team of the year for the second time alongside Paddy McKenna, Eanna O’Neill and Jack Sheridan as well as landing another County title with his club.
Incidentally he has seven Kildare Championships with his club and he is sure to be a valuable asset to them when available full time.
He also appeared on the Ireland Shinty team in 2017 when they were defeated by Scotland in Inverness.
The school teacher is the second player to leave the Kildare fold in a number of weeks after Paul Dermody stepped away before Christmas.
Moloney confirmed the news via Twitter where he said:
“I must away now”
“As 2019 begins it’s time for me to retire from intercounty hurling, I’d just like to thank everyone who helped me to fulfil my childhood dream of representing my county, words cannot express the depth of my gratitude”.
“Up The Lilies Forever”
Some of Moloney's former teammates led the tributes when the news was released.
Congrats on an unbelievable inter county career and service to hurling in the county...a fantastic trainer, hurler and friend..one of the best!
— Paul Dermody (@LillycatPaul) January 9, 2019
Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann 🐍🏳️ pic.twitter.com/IzIk4funvg
— Niall o muineachain (@nomuineachain) January 9, 2019
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