Sunday 21 January 2018

It's back to the day job for conquering tribesmen

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

IT WAS a historic win for the county and left fans in seventh heaven, but the Galway hurlers were keeping their feet firmly on the ground.

Despite winning the adulation of their fans for their trouncing of favourites Kilkenny in the Leinster SHC final, the Galway team were back at their day jobs yesterday.

Star full-back Kevin Hynes, who works for HSS Hire, was hard at work dismantling parts of the Volvo Ocean Race villages in the harbour area of Galway city.

The highs of Sunday were forgotten as he arrived on site early in the morning.

"It was a great win and it was really great to get it. But we were all back to work today. We've been working at the Volvo event for about four weeks, so now it's time to dismantle," he explained.

Mr Hynes, who has an Honours Degree in Construction Management and a Certificate in Construction Economics, has worked for the company since April 2011.

Juggling the busy work schedule with a hectic training programme wasn't a problem for the Galway hurler, who takes it all in his stride.

"Sure, it was just a case of training in the evening and working every day," he insisted.

While the fans celebrated, the team opted not to hold a homecoming, preferring instead to concentrate on the games ahead.

"We just came straight back to Galway. There's no point getting too hyped up about it. It's great to win, but we have to concentrate on the next game and keep it up," he said.

But the team's determination to keep a low profile was not shared by the fans, who came up to the hurler throughout the day to congratulate him.

"There's been plenty of people coming up to me all day saying well done, but we just want to make sure we do it again," he said.

Irish Independent

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