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Sunday 23 July 2017

Where are they now?:Richie Reid (Former Kilkenny & Dublin hurler)

Back in February 1982, Richie Reid got off the train in Dublin and went to a Faughs dinner dance. But he wasn't just in Dublin for social reasons -- he had made the move to get work and because he had no means of transport, if he wanted to hurl he had to transfer clubs.





He joined Faughs, ended his playing with Kilkenny and went hurling for Dublin. They were the only options available to him. "Moving was a hard choice," says Reid.

"I'd won an All-Ireland with Kilkenny in 1979 and one with the club the year after. But, as lads know now, when you have no money in your pocket it's a decision you have to make. I had to make a living."

Reid won three consecutive club titles with his native team Ballyhale Shamrocks and captained them to their first All-Ireland club title in 1980. They played St Finbarr's in Thurles that day and the whole parish was there supporting the team.

"Winning the club All-Ireland is my greatest memory. I was playing with all the lads I grew up with and went to school with. In a small parish like Ballyhale everyone knew everyone and that made it extra special."

Reid went on to win two county championships with Faughs in 1986 and 1987, captaining them to the latter. The wing-back played with the Dublin seniors for two seasons but during that time he never came face to face with his old Kilkenny team-mates in a competitive game.

Reid was 47 when he retired from hurling. His final seasons were spent playing lower division junior hurling with Commercials in Rathcoole and he won a junior championship with them.

Although Reid has been living in Dublin for almost 30 years, he still sees himself as a Kilkenny man through and through. He still has strong family ties to the Cats. Last year's captain TJ Reid is his nephew and godson and minor star Richie is also a nephew. He rarely misses a game and will be in Croke Park today supporting Kilkenny.

"Despite all the injuries Kilkenny have, I still think they will win, they will be up for it. Dublin beat us in the Walsh Cup but I don't think they have come far enough yet. They have the material, they have lovely hurlers. They really impressed me this year more than any other year but they have to prove themselves now."

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