“I have no doubt that Paul will make many more contributions off the pitch to Tipperary hurling in the coming years”. Announcing the decision the Mullinahone club-man said it was an honour and a privilege to wear the blue & gold and to represent his county.During his impressive career with Tipp he won an All Ireland medal in 2010 as well as two National League titles and 4 Munster Championships.Former All-Ireland winning Captain Tommy Dunne says Curran was a leader both on and off the field and will be greatly missed. “He is a man of ambition, resilience and integrity who has been a major force for good within the Tipperary squad for a long time. When he came into training last night to tell the players about his decision to retire it was an emotional time for all of us. His parting words to the squad were as inspirational as his many deeds on the pitch over the past 15 years. Speaking after hearing the news, Tipperary County Board Chairman, Michael Bourke, said: “Paul was one of the finest backs of his generation and served his county with tremendous pride and honour. Paul was reliably consistent and was unfailing in his loyalty to the county throughout his career.“On behalf of the Co. Board and Tipperary supporters I would sincerely like to wish Paul and his family the very best for the future and for continued success with his club Mullinahone”. Meanwhile Tipperary Senior hurling manager said: “Paul has been a leader and inspiration for a generation of Tipperary hurlers and his contribution to Tipperary hurling has been immense. Many great players have retired from the game in recent years, but he is amongst the very best in terms of his own personal achievements and his contribution to various Tipperary successes.“More importantly, he has been the driving force for excellence and improved performance within the Tipperary squad.