The 2017 Regions Cup final was the last time Ken Hoey will wear the green of Ireland.
The legendary Rockmount full back called time on his International career after narrow defeat to Zagreb (Croatia) in the European decider yesterday.
The news might not be greeted with the same fan fare as a departure of a more established senior star, but should be noted nonetheless.
Hoey is as respected within the amateur game as some of our more popular senior players and could go down as our most successful amateur of all time.
The battling full back played 13 years for his country at amateur level and along with Brendan O’Connell the Cork man has the major distinction and honour of playing in three Regions Cup finals.
Indeed, the 64 time capped defender captained Ireland to Regions Cup victory on home soil back in 2015. The former FAI Intermediate player of the year, who took over as captain from James ‘Chalky’ Walsh, lead the team to this years decider, where they were narrowly defeated.
Hoey also played in the 2005 decider where he and Ireland suffered another final defeat to host nation Poland.
So after three Regions Cup finals, 13 years in green, four of which were spent as captain Hoey retires with one Regions Cup winners medal in his pocket a host of memories and the respect of all those in amateur football.