IRISH OLYMPIAN ADAM Nolan has announced his retirement from boxing as he plans to “enjoy a few years of hurling back home”.

The 29-year-old represented Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics and is a five-time National Senior Elite champion, but missed out on Rio 2016 in frustrating circumstances.

The Wexford native added that he intends to continue playing GAA with Oulart the Ballagh, having won a county hurling title with the side last October.

“I’ve decided to call it a day on climbing into the ring, a decision that did not come easy and gave me plenty of restless nights over the last couple of months,” he wrote on Facebook.

“To my family for all your support and encouragement along the journey — thank you, I owe it all to you. I couldn’t have asked for two better mentors in Pete Taylor and Billy Walsh, the memories I shared with them are something special.

To Padraig Murphy for taking me to the top level of physical fitness, he always had me in great shape going in to every championship. A massive thanks to my bosses in Bray and in particular John Fitzpatrick. None of this would have happened without his generosity and understanding.

“Most importantly, thank you to every loyal supporter who I’ve shared the good and bad times with, you wont be forgotten. I’ve had no regrets and for me it’s time to hang up the gloves and enjoy a few years of hurling back home with Oulart the Ballagh.”

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