Tuesday 26 September 2017

'He's blind as a bat!' - Owen Heary explains just how bad Wes Hoolahan's eyesight was in his Shelbourne days

19 August 2005; Wesley Hoolahan, Shelbourne. eircom League, Premier Division, Shelbourne v Bohemians, Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
19 August 2005; Wesley Hoolahan, Shelbourne. eircom League, Premier Division, Shelbourne v Bohemians, Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Fans of the Irish team will know midfield maestro Wes Hoolahan to be one of the few players at Martin O'Neill's disposal who can pick out a pass from distance.

You only have to look back to Hoolahan's head-seeking missile that created Robbie Brady's crucial goal against Italy at Euro 2016 for an example of the Norwich star's creativity - but on today's episode of LOI Weekly, we heard about the other side to the Irish attacker's vision.

Listen: LOI Weekly: Shamrock Rovers v Bohs, the Pig's Head and a blind Wes Hoolahan!

Before Hoolahan corrected his eyesight, he was as 'blind as a bat', according to former Shelbourne team-mate Owen Heary.

Heary joined Dan McDonnell and Johnny Ward on this week's podcast to tackle a variety of League of Ireland topics, but in one of the standout moments, told a brilliant story of just how shocking Hoolahan's eyesight was back in his League of Ireland days.

"You're looking at Weso and he is a different kettle of fish," Heary said.

"Believe it or not, Weso is as blind as a bat. He needed contact lenses. A true story: myself, Richie Baker was driving [and Wes] and we were going down through Cabra.

"Wes asked to stop to get his contacts. He went into the butcher's and the butcher fella had to tell him it was next door. I'm not joking, that's what he was like. Just couldn't see. He obviously got the eyes done and look at him now."

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