JAMES SKEHILL WILL be a notable absentee from the Galway senior hurling panel for 2021 and beyond.

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The veteran Cappataggle goalkeeper announced his retirement from the inter-county game this evening on social media.

“After 14 years playing with Galway I’d like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from inter-county hurling,” he tweeted.

“A huge thank you to my wife Grace, my family, friends and team-mates who supported me over the years. It was a huge honour to play for my county.”

Skehill, who turns 33 next year, made his senior debut for Galway in 2007, having been an All-Ireland minor and U21 winner.

He went on to win three Leinster Championships at senior level, starting in the 2012 and 2018 final victories over Kilkenny.

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Skehill was the sub goalkeeper for the Galway side that claimed the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 2017. He also played in the All-Ireland final defeats of 2012 and 2018.

A two-time National Hurling League winner, Skehill has recently featured alongside his wife Grace on popular Virgin Media TV show Gogglebox.