Thursday 21 September 2017

Sean óg not worried by footballers' priorities

THERE aren't too many dual stars remaining in Gaelic games and, as a former dual star himself, Sean Og O hAilpin can understand why so many players in his native county are choosing to focus on just one sport, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

In the early part of the last decade, O hAilpin faced a similar scenario, having lined out for the Cork footballers in the 1999 All-Ireland final.

The decision of Eoin Cadogan and Damien Cahalane (above) to opt for the footballers doesn't worry him and he sees that pair, along with the likes of Aidan Walsh and Ciaran Sheehan, returning to the hurling squad further down the line.

"I gave up football because hurling would have been my first love and traditionally that would have been where most people down in Cork would have sided generally," he said.

"But I firmly believe the reason why Ciaran Sheehan, Aidan Walsh, Damien and Eoin have kind of opted to play football is, basically, because the footballers, come the business end of the championship, will be there or thereabouts.

"It's like everything. As a player you want to be involved with a winning team."

Irish Independent

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