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'I jumped at the chance' - How fate and Brian Lohan's faith brought Aaron Cunningham back into the Banner fold

2013 All-Ireland winner Aaron Cunningham ready for second act after leaving beach life behind

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Aaron Cunningham admits he found it difficult to get back up to speed once he rejoined the Clare panel. Photo: Sportsfile

Aaron Cunningham admits he found it difficult to get back up to speed once he rejoined the Clare panel. Photo: Sportsfile

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Aaron Cunningham admits he found it difficult to get back up to speed once he rejoined the Clare panel. Photo: Sportsfile

Social media can tell a lot about someone and Aaron Cunningham's Twitter profile perfectly illustrates the conflict between two of his greatest loves with the picturesque Nacpan beach in the Philippines accompanied by a shot of him clad in yellow and blue representing the Clare hurlers.

Sun and sand cannot work in tandem with the commitment required for the county scene in the modern era, however, and Cunningham departed the Banner squad at the end of the 2017 season to explore Australia and everything that surrounded it with his girlfriend Kate.

He won't be the last Irishman to be left spellbound by Melbourne - where he set up base and worked as an electrical trade assistant on the Aussie railways - and a year travelling quickly doubled with no return date in sight.