Former Waterford captain Pauric Mahony has announced his retirement from inter county hurling at the age of 30.
The Ballygunner attacker made his championship debut against Limerick in 2011 under Davy Fitzgerald and was named man of the match. Mahony won two league titles in 2015 and 2022. He was top scorer in the 2015 league with 1-90 across eight games. His season was cut short however as he suffered a broken leg on club duty with Ballygunner just a week after the league final win over Cork.
Mahony returned in 2016 and produced a man of the match display in the drawn All Ireland semi final against Kilkenny at Croke Park. Waterford's sharpshooter finished with fourteen points that afternoon. He topped the charts in the 2017 championship with 50 points as Derek McGrath's Déise lost the All Ireland final to Galway.
Liam Cahill chose him as captain for the 2020 season. A cruciate knee ligament injury meant that he missed Waterford's run to the All Ireland final however.
Waterford GAA issued the following statement:
"Pauric Mahony has tonight announced his retirement from Inter-County hurling. Waterford GAA would like to thank Pauric for his commitment to the Waterford Senior Hurling panel since 2011 and wish him the best of luck in the future. Pauric would like to thank the Waterford public for all the support over his career and wishes Davy Fitzgerald and the team the very best of luck for 2023."