Antrim hurler Karl McKeegan quits inter-county scene
Former Antrim hurling captain Karl McKeegan has decided to retire from inter-county competition.
McKeegan, who plays his club hurling with Cushendall, led the Saffrons to their Christy Ring Cup success in 2006.
The defender made his senior debut in 2002 and helped Antrim win 10 Ulster Senior Hurling Championships in a row.
"I just felt that, at 33, it gets harder every year. I thought to myself I could not give the commitment," McKeegan told the Irish News.
New Antrim manager Jerry Wallace has also lost another defender Ciaran Herron who recently announced his retirement.
McKeegan said he hoped to continue playing a club level for several more years.
"The club has been good to me and I would like to give them as much as I can," he added.
"I can look back and say I had a good career with Antrim."