Sunday 18 February 2018

Beyond the call of duty

Sean McMahon. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Sean McMahon. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile

The build-up to the All-Ireland hurling and football finals were dominated by 'will he, won't he' talk surrounding injured stars.

GAA players often go beyond the call of duty to line out for their clubs and counties.

But we can't recall many greater feats of human endurance than Clare hurler Seanie McMahon's Herculean efforts in the 1995 Munster semi-final against Cork. Stuck in the corner with a broken collarbone, McMahon soldiered on and with time running out, managed to win a line-ball. Fergie Tuohy cut it in, Ollie Baker goaled, Clare snatched a dramatic win and the rest is history.

Clare went on to win the Munster and All-Ireland titles. And McMahon played a pivotal role in both successes.

Irish Independent

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