Henry Shefflin has announced his retirement from the Kilkenny hurling team, saying: “It is with a deep sense of gratitude and contentment that I announce today that I’m ending my career with the Kilkenny senior hurlers.” Shefflin was talking at a press conference called at Langton’s in Kilkenny.
36-year-old Henry has been a member of the Kilkenny panel since 1999, winning an incredible and record breaking ten All-Irelands with The Cats. Considered by many as the greatest hurler of all time, Shefflin has also won three All Ireland titles with his club Ballyhale Shamrocks, thirteen Leinster titles, 6 National Hurling League titles, four Leinster club titles, eleven All Stars and been Hurler of the Year three times. It is no coincidence that his time in the black and amber shirt has coincided with a period of Kilkenny dominance that included four straight titles from 2006 to 2009. Although some thought Cody’s team were finished after their 2010 defeat, Henry and the Cats stormed back to take the 2011 and 2012 titles. Sent off in an All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork in 2013, Henry was back in 2014 to play his part in another All-Ireland win although he was restricted to substitute appearances.