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St Michael's College student Dean McCarthy - who has just completed his Leaving Cert exams - will be representing Ireland at the European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti in Finland this week.

St Michael's College student Dean McCarthy - who has just completed his Leaving Cert exams - will be representing Ireland at the European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti in Finland this week.

St Michael's College student Dean McCarthy - who has just completed his Leaving Cert exams - will be representing Ireland at the European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti in Finland this week.

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IT’S a big week for 18-year-old Listowel native and member of the Kingdom Wheelblasters, Dean McCarthy, who is set to achieve a lifelong dream when he jets off to Finland to represent Ireland in basketball at the European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti.

Dean, a wheelchair user, has just completed his leaving cert exams at St Michael’s College and will mark his new-found freedom from exam stress alongside his fellow Irish internationals in what looks set to be a wonderful occasion for the young man and his family.

In a video interview with the Listowel.ie website, Dean shared his excitement at what he described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pull on the green jersey and officially make his debut as an Irish international.

“This will be my first outing as an Irish international, so it will be a great experience over there for the next few days,” he said. “Words can’t describe it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I’m going to have to make the most of it.

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“We train every Saturday and I do my own training myself every Wednesday and Friday with Conor O’Neill here in Listowel. The training is very high-paced and it’s very challenging, but it always gets the best out of you. The games are very physical, they are 40-minute games and you are non-stop pushing for the full 40 minutes. You’re trying your hardest and pushing like a madman the whole time,” Dean continued.

“I play up top, trying to keep the big fellas out and not give them easy scores. My role is to keep those fellas back so that one or two of our fellas can go up and score. The games are always very high-paced and I’m looking forward to playing against the big boys like Portugal and Finland. It’ll be nice to have the games live-streamed so that everyone can watch back home,” he added.

All the games can be streamed over at the Streaming BA channel on YouTube.


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