Sunday 11 December 2016

Michael Darragh Macauley: How early morning raves have helped revitalise me

It's all about yoga, glow paint and glows sticks for Dublin star

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

Michael Darragh MacAuley
Michael Darragh MacAuley

Michael Darragh Macauley is banking on the longest break he has had as an inter-county footballer to revive him in the months ahead.

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Macauley (right) admits he finished last year physically and mentally tired after featuring in every match Dublin played in 2014. And after five high-octane seasons he feels like a new man.

"The season dragged on longer. I played every League game, every Championship game. It's lot of minutes. People kept telling me they were adding up but I didn't feel it myself. In the long run they were right," he said.

"I would have preferred if the Donegal game had come a week or two earlier, just body-wise. It won't be an issue for me this year. I thought I didn't feel the wear until now when I actually feel fresh.

"Maybe it did take its toll on me. But this was a first break for me and has served me right."

Macauley made his League comeback against Derry on Saturday night.

Michael Darragh MacAuley
Michael Darragh MacAuley

Meanwhile, Dublin's opponents on Sunday Monaghan will fly out to Portugal for a five-day warm-weather training camp on Monday morning.

Malachy O'Rourke's side have one foot in a League semi-final but, if they do qualify, will only fly back into the country 24 hours before their involvement in that.

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Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley, celebrates with the Delaney cup after the Leinster Final. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Dublin's Michael Darragh Macauley, celebrates with the Delaney cup after the Leinster Final. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

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