Monday 22 January 2018

Shefflin: My family can't go on summer holidays, but success makes it worthwhile

Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin and his children Sadhbh and Henry with the Liam MacCarthy cup after the All-Ireland Final.
Kilkenny's Henry Shefflin and his children Sadhbh and Henry with the Liam MacCarthy cup after the All-Ireland Final.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Record breaker Henry Shefflin has said that the sacrifices required to maintain Kilkenny's success are well worth it after collecting his tenth All-Ireland title on Saturday.

The Cats defeated Tipperary in the replay to claim the bragging rights for 2014 and while Shefflin didn't start a single championship match during the season, he made contributions from the bench and replaced Richie Hogan in the second half at the weekend.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks ace said that such success requires huge dedication and support of family members, but All-Ireland medals and celebrations make it all worthwhile.

"There are times when you are away and you can't go on holidays during the summer, but that's not a sacrifice to me" he told Ray D'Arcy on Today FM.

"These are the moments that you cherish."

"It's very important that your family are there. We all have family there and it's great to share those moments with them."

Read more: Shefflin and Cody set records in Kilkenny's 35th All-Ireland win 

The humble forward said that his record may be short-lived with the hunger for success within Brian Cody's squad.

"It might last (the record) but the great thing about this group of players is that there are a lot of lads coming behind me."

"JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh, nine All-Ireland medals and I think they do not get the attention because I have one more than them.

"Those players are unbelievable and Jackie Tyrell and Brian Hogan coming after them, they barely into their 30s and they have seven or eight All-Irelands and have many years ahead of them. It's crazy."

"We can't keep winning the whole time, but we'll keep trying."

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody and Henry Shefflin celebrate after the game

There has been widespread speculation over Shefflin's inter-county future and the 35 year-old says he will give careful consideration before making any decision.

"It all depends on how we feel ourselves really," he admitted.

"The lads in the panel have me on all these Whats App and social media groups and they probably think I'm an ancient man, but I'll be 36 in January.

"I'm going to see how it goes. I'll think long and hard over it over the winter.

"I'm fortunate to have four healthy children and then you have your work commitments as well so I will have to think about all these things."

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