Sunday 22 October 2017

DJ Carey

DJ Carey
DJ Carey

He seems to have been superseded in terms of reputation by Henry Shefflin, but when DJ Carey was in his heyday there was no one quite like him.

He bagged more downright memorable scores than anyone before or since: the instant volley against Antrim when the ball came back off the crossbar; the late kicked goal against Offaly in the 1993 Leinster final; the overhead pull against Galway in the 1998 quarter-final; and the point against Clare in the 2002 final when he rolled the ball on his hurl and struck it first time in the closing stages.

Few players in GAA history have elicited such a buzz of excitement from the fans simply by the act of getting on the ball. His legendary status was so often proclaimed during Carey's career that it's odd to see him somewhat undervalued now after Kilkenny went on to even greater things in his absence. But nobody was more electrifying or aesthetically pleasing than the small man from Gowran.

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