Sunday 25 February 2018

Success runs in family as cousins share a keen eye for goal

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

CARLOW GAA star Daniel St Ledger has admitted he has an added interest in the Euros after discovering he is a distant relative to Irish defender Sean St Ledger, who scored Ireland's goal yesterday.

If the surname wasn't enough to convince a few of the 22-year-old Carlow native's doubting teammates -- then the striking facial resemblance may have helped seal the deal.

Last night, Daniel revealed he had been keeping in touch with his well-known distant relative via Twitter.

He revealed despite the pressures of lining out against Croatia in Ireland's first match at the Euros -- his distant cousin was aware Daniel was lining out for Carlow in the Leinster Championship against Meath in Tullamore yesterday.

"We've been chatting online. I think he knew we were playing today," said Daniel who was facing six-weeks on the sidelines after pulling a hamstring during yesterday's draw against Meath.

The Kildavin and Clonegal GAA player said he wasn't sure of the exact relationship. "It is down the line somewhere as there are not too many of us (St Ledgers) on the go," he laughed, adding they might be second or third cousins.

"His family are from Tullow originally. There was a bit of messing going on with Sean St Ledger on Twitter and he was offering us tickets for the match. We would have been chatting a bit over the past few months trying to figure out if we were related."

Daniel, who was in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow town last night watching the Euro clash with the rest of the Carlow GAA side, said it now means he has an extra interest in the Euros.

He said it has been pointed out to him over the years that he does bear a resemblance to the soccer star. However, he quipped there was no chance of him abandoning the gaelic pitch in favour of soccer at this stage.

Irish Independent

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