Cushendall hurler Shane McNaughton to swap pitch for a role in hit TV series The Fall
Cushendall hurler Shane McNaughton will swap the Croke Park theatre for the acting stage after the All-Ireland club final clash with Limerick's Na Piarsaigh on St Patrick's Day.
The former Antrim star will head to New York for nine months as he looks to build on his burgeoning acting career. McNaughton, the son of Saffron great Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton, has already secured a part in hit Belfast-based drama The Fall, which stars X-Files actress Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan.
And McNaughton explained why he won't be resuming his Antrim career as he prepares to head to the US.
"I've been doing (acting) since I was 16," McNaughton said ahead of the AIB All-Ireland club final. "I was going to school to study it in New York, and then the minor county and that (came along).
"And then I got more involved with hurling and just went straight playing hurling since then, and (acting) is something I've been kind of dabbling in. I've been doing plays in Belfast and stuff and I've got a small part in The Fall doing acting stuff and I'm going to New York soon after this. I am doing a play over there."
The play in New York will be based around the 1916 rising but despite the exciting new departure on the horizon, McNaughton's entire focus is on securing a historic first All-Ireland title for Cushendall.
"I was saying to my brother the other day in passing, 'no matter what you do in your life, it doesn't matter if you went on and did something great in some other field, whenever you experience something like this, playing in an All-Ireland final and you get to share it with the people you have grew up playing with and your best friends and family, nothing will ever top that'."