Saturday 17 March 2018

'There might be five of us squashed into a 1998 Corolla - When we return from training at midnight it's time to study for upcoming exam'

Wexford hurler Jack Guiney
Wexford hurler Jack Guiney
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

It's Tuesday evening and Jack Guiney and a few more of the Wexford hurlers are piling into a car in Dublin to journey south for a 7.0 training session.

It's only one of a number of 260-km round trips that Guiney (21) and the lads make every week in order to combine their dual commitments as county and club players and as Dublin-based third-level students.

"The journey takes more out the lads than the training; no one has a decent car. There might be five of us squashed into a 1998 Corolla," says Guiney. Although, he counts himself lucky to have a car at all.

It's about midnight when they get back to Dublin and, this week, one of them stayed up all night preparing for an early-morning exam, playing catch-up on lost study time.

It's a relentless roundabout for the student county players. And their sporting loyalties are not confined to county and club. As a sports scholar at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the Wexford hurler also has commitments to the college team.

On Sunday nights, while supporters may still be savouring the delights of the Sunday game, Guiney is driving back to Dublin, where he is studying business and management.

On Monday, it is straight from college for a 90-minute session in the UCD gym with other Wexford players, and Tuesdays, he usually has to leave DIT early to beat the traffic and get home for training.

Wednesday there is another gym session for the county players and after a full day in college today, Guiney is due in Wexford for team training at 7.0.

"I am lucky . I don't have lectures on Fridays but a lot of the lads do. But, I come back up because whatever college work I have do get done, I do on Fridays."

It's back to Wexford tomorrow evening to train with his club Rathnure: "We have three rounds of club championship over the next three weekends and exams in a month!"

Weekend fixtures may be Saturdays or Sundays and, depending on where the match is, he may return to Dublin on Friday night if it makes for an easier journey on Saturday. And then, the next week starts.

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