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'Hurling is a huge part of my life but there’s so much else out there' - Tipp ace Niall O’Meara on charity and loss

Tipperary star Niall O'Meara talks about making the most of life on and off the pitch

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Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Everyone knows about Niall O'Meara's insatiable thirst for work and the dazzling run which yielded Tipperary's first goal in last year's All-Ireland SHC final triumph but the person beneath the white Cooper helmet is even more impressive than what he does between the white lines.

There's so much more to O'Meara than hurling and while most players were labouring through the slog in January, the two-time All-Ireland winner was doing labouring of a different kind as he helped to build and renovate schools in Kenya.

Ray of Sunshine - an Irish charity which improves the lives of less fortunate children and empowers them to have a better future - struck a chord with him and his second trip to Mombasa saw him on a 60-person project assisting kids who have been sexually trafficked.