Tuesday 21 November 2017

'As a family unit it has really pulled us together' - Henry Shefflin opens up on 'trauma' following son's accident

Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin and his son Henry celebrate at the end of the All-Ireland final replay in 2014. SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin and his son Henry celebrate at the end of the All-Ireland final replay in 2014. SPORTSFILE

Harry Clarke

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin has said his family are now a "stronger unit" after his son recovered from an accident in the summer.

Henry Jnr (6) sustained a foot injury in an accident with a lawnmower at the family home in Co Kilkenny in May.

Speaking on the Ryan Tubirdy Show live from the Ploughing Championship on RTE Radio today, Shefflin said: "It was a traumatic time. He had a lot of surgery and stuff.

"We were back there (Crumlin hospital) two weeks ago and we got some good news the other day that we’re out the other side of it.

“He’s back in school, he's been amazing. It's been a learning curve for me. I learned children adapt, they are so resilient, they just get on with things, whatever is in their way.

"Sometimes for me, a lot of sporting pressures with media and all that stuff that goes on and sometimes you can be concerned about what everyone else thinks and I think sometimes in life you have to be yourself and what matters most is your family. As a family unit it has really pulled us together but he has been the star."

Shefflin also revealed the half-time obstacles he faced when on the RTE panel for the All Ireland hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny at the start of the month.

"Liam Sheedy was there, Tipperary man, obviously he was very biased to Tipperary and Ger Loughnane was supposed to be the man in the middle but at half time he wasn't neutral because he was telling Tipperary to go out and 'bury the Cats' so I was up against it that day."

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