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No way through: Shane O’Donnell of Clare is tackled by Declan Hannon and Gearoid Hegarty of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship final at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary, on Sunday. Photo: sportsfile

No way through: Shane O’Donnell of Clare is tackled by Declan Hannon and Gearoid Hegarty of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship final at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary, on Sunday. Photo: sportsfile

No way through: Shane O’Donnell of Clare is tackled by Declan Hannon and Gearoid Hegarty of Limerick during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship final at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary, on Sunday. Photo: sportsfile

Back in the early 1960s the Cork hurling icon Christy Ring was prevailed upon to overcome his shyness and engage in a film about his hurling prowess.

The story goes that one of the crew, who knew little about hurling bar thinking it a very dangerous game played by the slightly unhinged, asked “Ringie” if he was ever afraid on a hurling field.


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