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Irish Twitter Pays Tribute To The Genius Of Joe Canning

Irish Twitter Pays Tribute To The Genius Of Joe Canning

One of hurling's all-time greats has departed the stage, with the announcement today that Joe Canning has retired from intercounty hurling.

The Portumna club man made the announcement at a Bord Gáis GAA event, and it has taken the GAA world by storm.

For years, Canning has been regarded as one of hurling's greats - not just of the modern age, but of all time. The highlight of his career was 2017's All-Ireland win with Galway, but just this weekend he broke the all-time record for scores in championship hurling, as part of a sensational performance on the losing side against Waterford.

Twitter reacts to Joe Canning's retirement

Naturally, the Irish Twittersphere was rife with tributes to one of Galway's hurling greats.

Tributes poured in on Wednesday afternoon to Canning's career, from the likes of hurling greats, former teammates, and former Gaelic footballers. Even those outside of the GAA world, like Irish rugby players, TV presenters, and comedians, chimed in with praise for Canning.

Micheál Donoghue won the 2017 All-Ireland with Galway, and Joe Canning was crucial to that success. In the aftermath of Canning's retirement, Donoghue kicked off the tributes with a simple statement.

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The following year, Canning and Galway came out the wrong side of an All-Ireland final with Limerick. Shane Dowling, who played for the triumphant Treatymen that day, chimed in with a sporting statement that praised Canning as the most talented hurler of all-time.

 

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Tributes from the likes of Dara O'Briain, Tomás Ó Sé, and Duncan Casey focused in not only on Canning's unmatched ability, but on his great character and sportsmanship.

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It's clear that his retirement has already left its mark on the GAA world, and Joe Canning will be sorely missed, not just by Galway, but by the hurling world at large when the 2022 championship gets underway.

SEE ALSO: Remembering That Joe Canning Semi-Final Of 2017

Eoin Harrington

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