Suckler farmer and Westmeath GAA star closes the book on ag column
"The ball, the books, the biro, the career - I'm afraid something has to give here".
This thought ran through Westmeath senior inter county football star John Heslin's mind when he was recently offered a research position with the Derrypatrick Herd at Teagasc.
Unfortunately for his loyal heartland readers, the St Loman's clubman decided to say goodbye to his popular weekly agricultural column in the Westmeath Examiner which he has been writing for the last two years.
However, he says the experience of being a voice for the local farming community, particularly through some difficult years, is something he will always treasure.
"It's all about getting as much experience as you can and that's why I wanted to write. But getting words on a page isn't always easy," he said.
"It's was really enjoyable. Fellas with no interest in farming would come up and talk to me about it. It opened their eyes to what farming life really entails," said the suckler farmer and PhD student.
After 104 columns, John, who scored 1-9 during last Sunday's O'Byrne Cup clash against Maynooth University at Páirc Chiaráin in Athlone, is glad to have another feather in his cap.
"Juggling the column with the PhD, football and the farm at home was tough at times but my family were a brilliant support."