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'Jaysus, you're older than my father!' - 55 years out of minor, how GAA 'social games' keep Myles off the clock

Liam Myles finished playing minor in 1965 but can still be found pucking around with Civil Service junior hurlers - he's an extreme example of a growing trend towards people staying longer in the game for enjoyment rather than competition

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Civil Service hurler, 73-year-old Liam Myles: 'I don't see this as a gaisce (great achievement). I do it because I enjoy it. I am not doing it for medals.' Photo: Mark Condren

Civil Service hurler, 73-year-old Liam Myles: 'I don't see this as a gaisce (great achievement). I do it because I enjoy it. I am not doing it for medals.' Photo: Mark Condren

Civil Service hurler, 73-year-old Liam Myles: 'I don't see this as a gaisce (great achievement). I do it because I enjoy it. I am not doing it for medals.' Photo: Mark Condren

'You're a while out of minor now, Liam?'

'Jaysus, I am!'

In his day, Liam Myles was a county footballer with Tipperary at all grades, and played hurling on the same club team as 'Babs' Keating. But that would suggest he's had his day, which is not entirely true. After football he found a new life in hurling and after outfield positions came the longer-life prospects offered by playing in goal. He doesn't play much now, only sporadically, but the official line is that he is still available if needed for the Civil Service junior hurlers in the lower reaches of the Dublin leagues.