Friends confident Loughnane will win leukaemia battle
HURLING legend Ger Loughnane will have "the strength to pull through" his battle with cancer, close friend Cyril Farrell said last night.
The 57-year-old retired former Clare hurling manager, player and hurling pundit is undergoing treatment at St James Hospital in Dublin after he was diagnosed with leukaemia two weeks ago.
But his friend, Irish Independent hurling columnist and former Galway manager Cyril Farrell, said he was confident that his colleague would beat the blood disorder.
"It's very sad news for himself, Mary and his kids," he said. "But he'll have the strength to pull through. If anyone can pull through, it's him. He was always very fit and health conscious and it should go a long way to help him," he added.
Mr Farrell, who is a fellow pundit on RTE's 'The Sunday Game' said Mr Loughnane, who lives in Feakle, Co Clare, would also have the support of his many fans across the country, who regularly tune into hear his acerbic GAA punditry.
"He'll have the prayers of the whole country with him," he said.
Mr Loughnane became a household name after leading Co Clare to its first All-Ireland win for more than 80 years in 1995 and again in 1997. He also won two All Star awards as a wing-back with Clare during the 1970s and 1980s.
He led the team to win three Munster titles before he all but retired from GAA management in 2000, although he took up the post again when he managed Galway between 2006 and 2009.
He continues to work as principal of St Aidan's National School in Shannon as well as working as a pundit and newspaper columnist.