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From Croke Park to Syria – All-Ireland winner Eoin Larkin 'nervous' ahead of peace-keeping assignment

Published 07/09/2015 | 10:39

6 September 2015; Kilkenny's Eoin Larkin with manager Brian Cody following their victory. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Kilkenny's Eoin Larkin with manager Brian Cody following their victory. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Eoin Larkin collected his eight All-Ireland title yesterday in Croke Park yesterday, but admitted greater challenges lie in wait away from the hurling pitch.

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Brian Cody added to his reputation as the greatest GAA manager of all-time as he notched up his 11th Liam McCarthy as manager after the Cats fought back from a three-point interval deficit to see off the challenge of Galway by four points.

Larkin was instrumental in the win, taking the fight to the Tribesmen in the first half when many of his colleagues were struggling against their direct opponents, before they collectively stepped it up after the break to power to victory.

Read more: High pain threshold and unsung heroes – Five things we learned from Kilkenny's victory

However the James Stephens man will have little time to bask in the September glory as he is about to be deployed in Syria as part of a peace-keeping mission and admitted that his is nervous ahead of the daunting trip to the war-torn country.

"It will certainly be different to most years," he told Marty Morrissey on RTE Radio One's Morning Ireland programme.

"It's something I have to do and is part of my job. We will go out this year and see how it goes.

"I'm very apprehensive and nervous. All my family are nervous seeing things on the news but hopefully things will go okay and I'll come back in one piece."

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