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Limerick manager Richie Bennis celebrates after the munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final replay with Tipperary ended in a draw at Semple Stadium, Thurles back in June 2007. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Limerick manager Richie Bennis celebrates after the munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final replay with Tipperary ended in a draw at Semple Stadium, Thurles back in June 2007. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

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Limerick manager Richie Bennis celebrates after the munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final replay with Tipperary ended in a draw at Semple Stadium, Thurles back in June 2007. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Anyone who worked on a site would tell you that a few scrapes and bangs are part of the job. 

One day, in 2003, I was up on some scaffolding. I took a step back from what I was working on and caught my side off a knuckle that sort of jutted out from the scaffolding. It was a very innocuous bang, like catching yourself off the edge of the kitchen table.

It stung a little but I carried on tipping away. A little while later though I started to feel a bit dizzy and confused. I thought maybe I was coming down with a bug, and I didn't fancy the idea of getting sick on the site so I hopped in the van and drove home.