Thursday 21 September 2017

Where are they now?

Brendan Jer O'Sullivan
Brendan Jer O'Sullivan

Brendan Jer O'Sullivan (Former Cork footballer)

When Brendan Jer O'Sullivan was growing up in West Cork he didn't need any inspiration or motivation when it came to football. His father won an All-Ireland with the Rebels in 1973 and O'Sullivan was lucky enough to be frequently in the company of some of the county's most famous footballers.

"For as long as I can remember football has been a big part of my life," explained O'Sullivan.

"My dad would have always brought me to all the Cork games. He was great friends with that group of players and I got to know them as a young lad, the likes of Jimmy Barry-Murphy, Billy Morgan and Frank Cogan. I was very aware of the tradition and history."

"My first football memory was Cork against Kerry in 1987, being at the drawn match and then again when Cork went on to beat them in the replay. The excitement of it was unreal; Larry Tompkins and Niall Cahalane were my two childhood heroes."

O'Sullivan played for Cork right up through the underage ranks and made his debut for the seniors against Offaly in the National League as a 20-year-old in 1999, they won the Munster final that year and went onto contest the All-Ireland final with Meath. He won another Munster title in 2002 and also represented Ireland in the compromise rules.

Although a series of injuries scuppered his inter-county career he still plays for the club Adrigole and divisional football with Beara. Football was O'Sullivan's main sport growing up but he also played golf and had a single handicap. When he finished with Cork in the mid 2000s he took up golf again and is now a regular on the course.

"When you stop playing football at that level there is a lot of time to fill and it's important to have something else. Golf is a nice replacement and you can play it well into your later years."

O'Sullivan is a PE teacher in Glanmire Community College and still is a supporter of Cork football. He'll be watching today's Munster final against Kerry and believes that it will be Cork's day.

"I'm confident that Cork will win, they are a strong team. Their forwards are good enough to beat the Kerry backs. As long as they can keep the Gooch quiet and get the ball into their forward lines they should do it."

Irish Independent

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