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'This is coming at a terrible cost to people’s morale' - Lar Corbett and David Brady on the mental effects of lockdown on rural life

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Former Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett behind the bar in his Thurles pub which has been closed since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Former Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett behind the bar in his Thurles pub which has been closed since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Former Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett behind the bar in his Thurles pub which has been closed since the coronavirus lockdown began in March. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

For months, Dr Con Murphy had warned against the mental toll of isolation through Covid, only for a realisation to dawn that he was falling victim to that predicament himself.

The revered doctor to Cork's county teams since 1976, Con formally retired last December, transferring his GP practice over to son, Colm. But retirement was never intended as closure. Though Colm will be the hurlers' team doctor and Aidan Kelleher will look after the footballers, Con's intention is still to be a presence "in the background".

The GAA, he says, is "the only interest I have. It's my social life".