Enda Sheehy (Former Dublin and Mayo footballer)
Playing for both Dublin and Mayo wasn't always on the agenda for Enda Sheehy but when the opportunity arose to do so the former footballer took it and he's certainly glad he did.
Sheehy grew up in Templeogue, a product of the nursery at St Jude's where he played both hurling and football. In fact, Sheehy was a dual player for Dublin at underage level right up to under 21 and even played one game for the senior hurlers.
"I loved playing every night of the week," explains Sheehy. "But to maintain it into your 20s, especially nowadays, is tough. It's very demanding playing both."
However, in 1995 when he was 19 that all changed when he decided to stick with one code and throw his lot in with the Dublin footballers. At that time he was one of the youngest members in the squad and by the end of the season was one of the youngest players in the country with an All-Ireland medal. But although his career started off on a high the next few years didn't follow suit.
"I remember after that final I felt that it was the beginning for me and that it would happen every year but it didn't and I had so many disappointments after that. I played in four Leinster finals and lost them all and lost a National League final."
Sheehy's mother hails from Mayo and when he found himself surplus to Dublin's requirements in 2002, he decided to play club football for his mother's home village of Crossmolina.
Shortly after he signed with the club, John Maughan asked him to play for Mayo and he wore the green and red for one season before returning to St Jude's. "I have very fond memories of my time in Mayo. Like the Dublin people they have a great affinity with football and nothing would make me happier than to see them win an All-Ireland."
Sheehy still plays for St Jude's and over the years has been involved with coaching at different levels. He teaches in Clonkeen secondary school and also coaches there. He is looking forward to today's league semi-final and thinks that Dublin may shade it.
"Dublin have performed very well so far this season every man is working hard for each other and the scoreboard is ticking over. I'd see Dublin winning by three or four points max."
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