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Joe Canning Retiring

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Words do not do justice to the fantastic contribution Joe has made to the game.
When hurlers are spoken about Joe is there with the greatest.
His goal v Kilkenny in the drawn AI game is one of my favourite moments but there are just so many as a minor , club games and of course in the maroon for the senior team.
But its his legacy of inspiration to so many young players over a great many years is beyond question. An absolute joy to watch.
Thanks for all the great memories Joe. Very best wishes for the future. A Carlow fan !

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1700 - 28/07/2021 14:48:29    2365113

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I am glad to see him go as he has caused us numerous damage over the years but from an neutral overall perspective, I really admire Joe, taught he was a fantastic hurler, who always conducted himself well, both on and off the field. One of my favourite ever player outside of wexford. Enjoy the well deserved break joe.

hunting (Wexford) - Posts: 759 - 28/07/2021 14:51:47    2365116

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Not a massive hurling fan down thru the years even though I watch alot more of it these days but I always watched when King Joe was playing skill level off the charts scoring machine absolutely delighted he got an all Ireland seemed like a pure gentleman off the field a true sporting icon of ireland

bennypoor (Louth) - Posts: 519 - 28/07/2021 14:54:27    2365117

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What a player. Immense skill....he could do anything. Sad day for hurling and the GAA in general but none more so than Galway Hurling....how do you replace him? Well you can't. All the best to Joe. I assume he will continue club hurling?

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10999 - 28/07/2021 14:56:54    2365119

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One of the all-time greats, without a doubt. Hard to believe he was awarded just five All-Stars. Many lesser players have got more. His superb winning point in 2017 against Tipp was probably the most significant of the many memorable scores he produced.

midlands (Westmeath) - Posts: 394 - 28/07/2021 15:09:31    2365128

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Some of the goals and sidelines he scored were outrageous. Most exciting hurler I have ever seen.

Suas Sios (None) - Posts: 1521 - 28/07/2021 15:46:21    2365153

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When I think of joe canning the thing I remember apart from his obvious skills was a day in Wexford Park after Galway had been beaten by Wexford in the league quarter final and kids swarming around him looking for his autograph. Each and everyone got to meet their hero and got their photo taken with the great man. It's fitting he bows out as the top championship scorer of all time. A supreme hurler and true sportsman who thankfully got his hand on Liam McCarthy in '17

HurlingBuzz (Wexford) - Posts: 356 - 28/07/2021 15:52:28    2365156

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Thanks Joe - you brightened our days and lifted our hearts with your mesmerising skills and vision. Enjoy your well deserved rest!
Aghaidh do shaoil is do shláinte leat!

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1372 - 28/07/2021 15:56:09    2365161

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Replying To midlands:  "One of the all-time greats, without a doubt. Hard to believe he was awarded just five All-Stars. Many lesser players have got more. His superb winning point in 2017 against Tipp was probably the most significant of the many memorable scores he produced."
"One of the all-time greats, without a doubt. Hard to believe he was awarded just five All-Stars. Many lesser players have got more."

Name the 'many lesser players' that have been awarded 6 hurling All-Stars and more?

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1872 - 28/07/2021 16:12:27    2365171

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I'm not a hurling man but I watched Joe Canning play, one of the greats no doubt about it, I wish him every success in the future.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2118 - 28/07/2021 16:27:30    2365180

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I was so delighted to see him win an AI medal in 2017. When KK were at their peak he was a sign of hope for the rest of us, leaving cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals.
Good luck Joe!

ZUL10 (Clare) - Posts: 654 - 28/07/2021 16:38:19    2365184

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The best I ever seen. A pleasure to have seen him play for all those years. We were so lucky in Galway to have him play. He brought so much enjoyment to so many. Thanks for everything Joe.

ecad123 (Galway) - Posts: 232 - 28/07/2021 16:40:11    2365185

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Best of luck in retirement Joe Canning.
A lot of people will miss you on big match day.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 2148 - 28/07/2021 16:48:47    2365188

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Replying To ZUL10:  "I was so delighted to see him win an AI medal in 2017. When KK were at their peak he was a sign of hope for the rest of us, leaving cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals.
Good luck Joe!"
"When KK were at their peak he was a sign of hope for the rest of us, leaving cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals."

I'm sorry, I must have missed this. Could you tell me, when did he leave cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals?

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1872 - 28/07/2021 16:58:12    2365189

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  ""When KK were at their peak he was a sign of hope for the rest of us, leaving cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals."

I'm sorry, I must have missed this. Could you tell me, when did he leave cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals?"
Ya, wasn't a bad hurler either though was he or couldn't you bring yourself to pay a bit of a tribute instead of looking for explanations from others that have you sour oul sow.

catch22 (USA) - Posts: 2148 - 28/07/2021 17:08:36    2365190

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Best wishes on your retirement..when you stood over that free in 2018 I said ah no not again..it's amazing how long he has been at the top,since he was only 16 with both Galway minors and portumna..

CTGAA10 (Limerick) - Posts: 1740 - 28/07/2021 17:09:24    2365191

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  ""When KK were at their peak he was a sign of hope for the rest of us, leaving cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals."

I'm sorry, I must have missed this. Could you tell me, when did he leave cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals?"
In the 2012 final drawn game. He left at least 3 in his wake and a couple of them were on the ground behind him as the ball hit the net.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1492 - 28/07/2021 17:15:24    2365193

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Thank you Joe and enjoy

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1584 - 28/07/2021 17:16:24    2365194

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Replying To catch22:  "Ya, wasn't a bad hurler either though was he or couldn't you bring yourself to pay a bit of a tribute instead of looking for explanations from others that have you sour oul sow."
No, on the contrary. Why can't people pay tribute to Joe Canning, without denigrating others?

I think Joe was a wonderful hurler, one of the greatest of all time.

Sour oul sow? That's rich coming from you.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 1872 - 28/07/2021 17:21:17    2365195

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  ""When KK were at their peak he was a sign of hope for the rest of us, leaving cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals."

I'm sorry, I must have missed this. Could you tell me, when did he leave cats lying on the ground in his wake while scoring brilliant goals?"
http://c0.thejournal.ie/media/2012/09/joe-canning-3-390x285.jpg

Just one example. This was a special moment especially given we were all sick to the teeth of looking at ye.

ZUL10 (Clare) - Posts: 654 - 28/07/2021 17:23:54    2365196

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