Tuesday 17 October 2017

'I felt like a woman in Saudi Arabia or something' - Dublin's Liam Rushe says ankle socks were not a fashion statement

Dublin's Liam Rushe chose not to wear traditional socks. Photo: Sportsfile Inset photo: @gjt90
Dublin's Liam Rushe chose not to wear traditional socks. Photo: Sportsfile Inset photo: @gjt90

Michael Verney

When Liam Rushe swapped traditional GAA socks for ankle socks due to a blister problem on his foot, the Dublin hurling star had no idea of the furore it would cause.

Dublin's dismal showing against Galway in the Leinster quarter-final in Tullamore sparked much post-match debate about absent hurlers in the capital but 'Sockgate' was a close second, much to the amusement of Rushe.

Dublin's Liam Rushe chose not to wear traditional socks. Photo: Sportsfile Inset photo: @gjt90
Dublin's Liam Rushe chose not to wear traditional socks. Photo: Sportsfile Inset photo: @gjt90

"I felt like a woman in Saudi Arabia or something, flashing a bit of ankle and there was uproar over it," Rushe said as Aer Lingus, official airline of Dublin GAA, announced details of their autumn transatlantic offers.

"It was great craic; I had underestimated how traditional the GAA still was. I'm going to have to stick with it now - I've made the stand, I'll have to keep it going."

The Dublin captain outlined how new boots worn against Clare in the Division 1A relegation final in April led to blood blisters, forcing him to take a taxi to work for the next week and causing serious discomfort.

My feet were just ruined: there were blood blisters so they were just in a bad way. They hadn't been right since so I wore those; they kind of worked, they were better than nothing but I wasn't making a fashion statement."

Elsewhere, Kilkenny look set to be without Padraig Walsh for Saturday evening's Leinster SHC semi-final against Wexford, with the All-Star defender losing his fitness race after suffering a fractured right heel in club action for Tullaroan.

The 25-year-old was parachuted into the No 3 spot this year and coped well with the switch but his absence could leave the door open for 2015 All-Star full-back Joey Holden to return.

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