Tuesday 15 May 2007 

John Mooney Explains Withdrawal From Ireland Squad

Ireland and North County all rounder John Mooney has explained his recent withdrawal from the Ireland set up. The 25 year old has played 38 times for Ireland to date, including World Cup appearances against Australia and the West Indies in the Caribbean.

"I've been working for Stuart Costello of Stuart Costello Electrical for the past four years. His support for me during that time has been nothing short of exceptional, and has enabled me to play a part in Ireland's great success during that period.

I've decided now that it's time for me to get my career sorted, and finish my electrical apprenticeship. If I don't do it now, I've a feeling it will drift and never get completed. I'd like to stress that this is my personal decision, and that Stuart would have been happy for me to continue my involvement with the international team.

I'm committed to getting the apprenticeship finished as quickly as possible, and then I will look forward to resuming my Ireland career, and wearing the green jersey with pride."

Barry Chambers