Saturday 24 February 2018

Just hanging out...with friends old and new

Ben Brosnan, Wexford Senior Footballer and Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny Senior Hurler.
Ben Brosnan, Wexford Senior Footballer and Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny Senior Hurler.

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

SOME of the country's top hurlers are again hanging out -- just like in their Foroige days.

GAA stars have teamed up with the country's largest youth organisation to encourage youngsters to 'Abseil Everest in Ireland'.

Between June 30 and July 1, thousands of youngsters will take on the abseil challenge.

Dalkey quarry, with views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains, and natural limestone cliffs at Ballyhass Lakes in Cecilstown, Mallow, Co Cork are the locations for the abseiling exploits.

Kilkenny half-forward TJ Reid, said he joined his local Foroige club as a youngster where he met "friends for life".

"That's where I met Colin (Fennelly) who's also on the county team. I think that's what I learned from Foroige -- how to be part of a team," he said.

Kilkenny corner forward Mr Fennelly said Ballyhale Foroige Club was "great craic".

"Foroige gets young people away from the television and gets them doing things. I met so many new people during my time in Ballyhale Foroige," he said.

"It's great because you then meet them again in secondary school and, of course, you have the advantage of already knowing them.

"All my cousins are now involved in Foroige and that's why I'm supporting this," he said.

Waterford corner-back Noel Connors remembers how it was great to have "somewhere to go and just sit, chat and relax".

Padraic Maher, the Tipperary half back; Pauric 'Paudie' Mahony, Waterford wing forward; and Ben Brosnan, Wexford wing forward, are also getting behind 'Abseil Everest in Ireland'.

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