Friday 2 December 2016

Shot at redemption

Paul Galvin has been outstanding in Kerry’s march to the All-Ireland final and has shown immense character to bounce back from last year’s infamous suspension to find himself on the cusp of his third All Star, writes Vincent Hogan

Published 19/09/2009 | 00:00

Paul Galvin clashes with referee Paddy Russell during the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney last year
Paul Galvin clashes with referee Paddy Russell during the Munster SFC semi-final against Clare at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney last year

Maybe the toughest judgments served on Paul Galvin have always been his own. In the Bahamas last January, they had a suspicion of the turmoil behind those dark eyes without anyone openly broaching the subject.

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He was good company, just a little distant. Then, five days before the holiday was due to end, he materialised with his bags at the hotel reception. Headed for home.

With anyone else, there might have been a posse assembled and some light coercion applied. But this was Galvin. If he wanted away, they took it he had good reason.

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