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    Brian Corcoran To Retire



    In his prime he was one of the best defenders I can remember play hurling. He also showed his natural hurling ability by being converted to the forward line when his legs were going. He will be a big loss to Cork, a great player, andareally sound blokealso.


    @@@@SPAN ="articledate">14 November 2006 @@@@/SPAN>

    <A href="http://www.examiner.ie/irishexaminer/pages/story.aspx-qqqg=sport-qqqm=sport-qqqa=sport-qqqid=18257-qqqx=1.asp" target="_blank">@@@@SPAN ="articleline">End of the affair@@@@/SPAN>

    </A>@@@@SPAN ="author">By Colm O’Connor and Jim O’Sullivan@@@@/SPAN>
    @@@@SPAN ="articlesummary">FORMER Hurler of the Year Brian Corcoran is to announce his retirement from the game today. @@@@/SPAN>

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    Corcoran, who won All-Ireland SHC titles with Cork in 1999, 2004 and 2005 has cited work and family commitments as the reasons behind his decision.

    He informed close friends of his plans over the weekend but is set to make the news public at a press conference to launch his new book, Every Single Ball at Croke Park this morning.





    Following last year’s win over Galway, Corcoran was adamant that he would remain with the side in their bid to emulate the achievement of the Cork team (1977-79), the last side to win a hat-trick of All-Ireland SHC crowns.

    However that dream was ended with defeat to Kilkenny in September’s decider at Croke Park.

    This is Corcoran’s second retirement. The Erin’s Own club man walked away from the game after Cork lost to Limerick in the Munster championship of 2001 but ended his exile in 2004 — in a new role as an attacker.

    Corcoran, centre back on the team which won the championship seven years ago, won two All-Ireland titles since his return, scoring two points in the 2004 victory over Kilkenny and subsequently collected an All-star.

    He made his senior hurling championship debut in 1991 against Tipperary marking Pat Fox.

    He also lined out for the county senior footballers throughout the nineties and played in the 1993 All-Ireland SFC defeat to Derry.

    That year, he also captained the Cork hurlers, landing the NHL title, before the side were beaten by Clare.

    Corcoran was in line to captain the county side again in 2007 following Erin’s Own victory over Cloyne last month. He is to see out 2006 with his club who contest the Munster club SHC semi-final against Clare champions, Wolfe Tones in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday 2pm.

    His success was all the more remarkable given that he only had partial sight in one eye which he reveals in his book.

    However if the side progresses to the All-Ireland Series, Corcoran’s career could extend into 2007.

    Former Cork boss, John Allen, has many memories of his time in charge of the Rebels but one of the ‘most special moments’ of his involvement came on a Friday night before the All-Ireland hurling final, when he presented an award to Corcoran after training.

    It was his custom to present two merit awards (rewarding something like special effort, or the impression made by a panel member) and on this occasion he felt it fitting that Corcoran should receive one.

    “I probably thought that he was going to retire, even though I didn’t say it,’’ he recalled.

    “It was in a dressing room in Pairc Ui Rinn and nobody was there but the players and the five selectors. After I said my few words and handed the award to Brian, everybody stood up and there was a spontaneous applause which lasted about a minute.

    “It showed what everybody thought about him, the respect they had for him!’’ Recalling the early part of his career, Allen described Corcoran as one of the best centre-backs of his time, ‘a fantastic reader of the game and a great striker, left or right.’

    “During the period 1992-99, when Cork were in the doldrums, he was the one player who every time could b

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    Who will captain Cork?

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      #3
      Originally posted by Clon


      In his prime he was one of the best defenders I can remember play hurling. He also showed his natural hurling ability by being converted to the forward line when his legs were going. He will be a big loss to Cork, a great player, andareally sound blokealso.


      But he played for Erin's Own at Centre Forward when they won their previous county back in the 90s

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        #4


        Piquet, what I meant was that if he still had the legs he would likely have played in the backs, with Setanta going to Aus. Cork needed a big target man up front. Other Cork players often play in completely different positions for their clubs. The Rock plays in the forwards a fair bit for Cloyne, for example, but not many people are talking about converting him for the Cork team to the forwards. It's completely different at inter county level.


        I'm trying to think of Erin's Own players, I'd guess Cian O'Connor, or Kieran Murphy might get the captaincy.

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          #5


          When Cork lost, in a replay, to Tipp in '91, the major focus of a post match interview was their failure to bring on any subs for a forward line that towards the end of the game were out of touch. Frank Murphy, a selector that year, replied that the main forward sub (Corcoran) "was in Killarney with the Minor footballers" ( playing fullback as it happens)





          My point is that he was always a forward/back/midfielder etc. He was good enough to play wherever his team needed him.

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            #6
            Back when Cork were going through a rough patch in the mid 90's we needed Corcoran in the backs, but he was always a real all round sportsman and athlete. It's a pity playing both codes so much took such a toll on him. He is my favourite Cork GAA player in the last 15 years.

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              #7
              some man for one man.hurler footballer,just shone with class.
              g\'wan bruff!!

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                #8


                A gentleman and an outstanding competitor.
                Grandpa Simpson: The last time the meteors came, we thought the sky was on fire. Naturally, we blamed the Irish. We hanged more \'n a few.

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                  #9
                  Donal Og Cusack will captain Cork next year. Erins Own have nominated him

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                    #10
                    Best of luckto him, a superb athlete.

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                      #11


                      Originally posted by anthonyl
                      Donal Og Cusack will captain Cork next year. Erins Own have nominated him

                      Classy move by Erin's Own[img]smileys/thumb-up.gif[/img], especially after all the near misses Cloyne have had in finals. He'll make a very good captain.

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                        #12


                        Originally posted by anthonyl
                        Donal Og Cusack will captain Cork next year. Erins Own have nominated him

                        Where did you hear that Anthonyl? Nice move by Erins Own if it's true.

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                          #13


                          Hi Hobbes,


                          heard it from a source close to the Cork camp,

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