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 Conor Cusack, who plays hurling for the Cloyne club in Cork, has revealed he is gay. Photo: Matt Browne/ Sportsfile

Conor Cusack, who plays hurling for the Cloyne club in Cork, has revealed he is gay. Photo: Matt Browne/ Sportsfile

Conor Cusack, who plays hurling for the Cloyne club in Cork, has revealed he is gay. Photo: Matt Browne/ Sportsfile

GAA star Conor Cusack has revealed that he is gay.

The Cork hurler bravely spoke last year about his long-term battle with depression.

Now he has publicly said he wants to live by the Shakespearean saying "to thine own self be true" and talk about how he is attracted to men.

His brother Donal Og Cusack revealed he was gay in 2009.

Conor (34) said that he has known for some time that he is attracted to men.

"I have never denied anything about this part of my life because no one has ever asked me.

 

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"I often use Shakespeare's quote in my talks 'To thine own self be true so to no man can thoust ever be false again'.

"By me talking about this part of my life, I am being true to myself but more importantly right now, I am being true to all of those people that I am interacting with on a daily basis. I believe nobody should have to talk publicly about matters to do with their mental health or with issues to do with their sexuality if they don't want to," he added.

The Cloyne hurler said on his blog that he has had relationships with both sexes, but doesn't wish to "label" himself.

"Life for me is never black or white but more about shades of grey," he said.

cmurphy@herald.ie


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