Offaly GAA have confirmed that Joe Bergin has retired from inter-county hurling.

The Seir Kieran man has been a starring forward for the Faithful County in what was a difficult decade for the Leinster side.

Since making his debut in 2006, he made 50 championship appearances and featured 74 times in the National League.

Remarkably, in his 13-year stint at the top, he never missed a championship game for Offaly.

Offaly GAA wishes to thank Joe Bergin for his outstanding service to the Faithful County, following his decision to retire from inter-county hurlinghttps://t.co/QHALLwHInd pic.twitter.com/OALHLv1GGU

— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) January 15, 2020

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Offaly and I will look back on it very fondly. I got to play with and against some of the best players to play the game and made lifelong friends out of it,” he said.

“It’s not a decision that I have taken lightly but the time has come to step aside.