Corcoran bows out

November 14, 2006

Brian Corcoran
Cork supporters are coming to terms with the news that former Hurler of the Year Brian Corcoran is to quit inter-county hurling. Corcoran, who won All-Ireland senior medals in 1999, 2004 and 2005, is expected to confirm his retirement when he launches his new book 'Every Single Ball' at Croke Park on Tuesday, November 14. He has cited work and family commitments as the reasons behind his decision. Though approaching his mid-30s, the news still comes as a shock to Rebel County fans, especially after Corcoran recently declared that he had no thoughts of retirement. Corcoran won a county senior hurling championship medal with Erin's Own last month and was expected to captain Cork next season. This is Corcoran's second retirement. The once mighty centre back walked away from the game after Cork lost to Limerick in the 2001 Munster championship but ended his exile in 2004 and went straight back into the team in a new role as an attacker. Excelling in the full forward position, Corcoran won two All-Irelands since his return, scoring two points in the 2004 triumph over Kilkenny and finishing the year as an All-Star winner. A former dual star, Corcoran made his senior hurling championship debut as a corner back against Tipperary in 1991. In 1993, he skippered the Rebels to a famous National League victory after three memorable games against Wexford and he also lined out for the footballers in their All-Ireland final defeat to Derry. Corcoran is expected to see out 2006 with his club who meet Clare champions Wolfe Tones in the Munster club hurling championship semi-final in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.

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