A GROUP working for equality for gay and lesbian people has warmly welcomed Conor Cusack's revelations about being gay.
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (Glen) applauded the move by the Cloyne club hurler to break taboos by speaking out about his own sexuality.
It added that speaking out was especially important for young men and women.
Glen chairman Kieran Rose said: "It's hugely important that someone as well regarded and highly respected as Conor has chosen to speak about this and it's a great support for young lesbian women and gay men.
"Conor is a well-known and respected sportsman, and having someone as high-profile as him speak out is hugely important for any person, regardless of their age," he added.
Cusack, who revealed he was attracted to men in an online blog last week, also bravely spoke publicly about his battle with depression last year.
In a post on his blog under the heading 'To Thine Own Self Be True', the east Cork man said he had known for some time he was attracted to men and said he had been comfortable with this aspect of his life and had never felt the need to discuss it with anyone until recently.
Cusack, who has also spoken openly about his battle with depression, said he had discussed his decision to speak about his sexuality with his parents, Bonnie and Donal Snr, before going public.
His older brother and former Cork goalkeeper, Donal Og Cusack, came out several years ago and has spoken honestly about battling bigots on and off the pitch.
Conor wrote: "I have never denied anything about this part of my life because no one has ever asked me the question.
"I often use Shakespeare's quote in my talks: 'To thine own self be true so to no man can thoust ever be false again'."
Mr Cusack, who regularly gives talks to groups and young people, said he was "being true" to the countless people who contacted him telling him about aspects of their lives they couldn't discuss with anyone else.