Thursday 29 September 2016

Revealed: Jack McCaffrey was very ill for the last three days and on a drip for 24 hours

Published 20/09/2015 | 21:40

Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, with the Sam Maguire cup after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Jack McCaffrey, Dublin, with the Sam Maguire cup after the game. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Dublin v Kerry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Jack McCaffrey nearly didn't make the Dublin team today after suffering from a gastric bug for the past three days which left him on a drip for a full 24 hours, it has been revealed.

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The Dublin wing back was inspirational for the Boys In Blue as Jim Gavin's men secured their third All Ireland title in five years.

But while all the talk this week was of another half back in Cian O'Sullivan who was suffering from a slight hamstring tear, former Dublin manager Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey has revealed that he was amazed McCaffrey made the starting 15.

"Jack McCaffrey was very sick this week and he did phenomenally well to make the pitch at all. He had a gastric bug for the last three days and he was very doubtful. He was actually on a drip for 24 hours so to see what he put in out on that pitch was amazing," said Pillar on the Marty Squad on RTE Radio 1 today.

Jonny Cooper and Saoirse McCann
Jonny Cooper and Saoirse McCann
Stephen Cluxton and Joanne O'Connor at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Sarah and Darren Daly at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Alan and Lydia Brogan at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
James Mc Carthy and Clodagh O'Mahony at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Paddy Andrews and Doireann Gately at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Brian Fenton and Sarah Kelliher at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Bernard and Pamela Dunne at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Diarmuid Connolly and Ciara Chaney at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Danielle Byrne and Cian O'Sullivan at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
Tammy Lynch and Davey Byrne at the All Ireland Celebration Banquet in The Gibson Hotel
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Dublin player Denis Bastick and Jody Bastick at the Gibson Hotel
Stephen Cluxton and Joanne O Connor
Shane Carthy and Megan Connolly
Dublin Player James McCarthy and Clodagh O Mahoney
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Dublin manager Jim Gavin and wife Jennifer Gavin
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Dublin manager Jim Gavin and wife Jennifer Gavin
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Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Bernard Dunne, Minister for Sport Paschal Donohoe, and Nicky Logue

"I was talking to his father at half time and he just couldn't believe that Jack had played the half that he did. I thought he was phenomenal."

McCaffrey is one of the nominees to scoop the man of the match award tonight.





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