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‘Imagine being retired after 17 years and I come back and get two All-Irelands’

Offaly legend Damien Martin looks back on a career of firsts and what hurling means to him

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Damien Martin in the 1981 All-Ireland SHC final. Photo: Sportsfile

Damien Martin in the 1981 All-Ireland SHC final. Photo: Sportsfile

Damien Martin pictured at his home in Offaly

Damien Martin pictured at his home in Offaly

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Damien Martin in the 1981 All-Ireland SHC final. Photo: Sportsfile

It’s often asked whether the juice is worth the squeeze for inter-county players if the Holy Grail is not obtained, but it was never about reaching the summit for legendary Offaly goalkeeper Damien Martin – the journey was always what mattered most to him.

I met such great hurlers and great friends, and I’ll tell you something about hurling, winning an All-Ireland is fantastic, and it’s the icing on the cake, but it’s not the cake,” Martin says.


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