Wednesday 7 December 2016

The ultimate Rebel took on the battles no one dared fight

Published 02/02/2013 | 16:06

There'll be plenty of ugly, craven muttering in some quarters, proclaiming "good riddance" to Donal Og Cusack as his inter-county career appears to fade.

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That won't surprise him. How could it when he's lived his hurling life, pulling up a collar against the Neanderthal chorus? Maybe part of what made him exceptional in a routinely intimidating environment was that ability to shut out the prejudices of people who believed the only GAA men worth following were those for whom expressing a challenging opinion represented some kind of subversive act.

The political agitator in Cusack vexed a specific constituency long before he chose to toss in the added incendiary that he was homosexual. He just had too much revolution in his head.

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