Friday 19 January 2018

Botswanan bus driver flies flag of his new home

Brock Semahedi with Ciaran (11), Aisling (8) and goat Lucky.
Brock Semahedi with Ciaran (11), Aisling (8) and goat Lucky.

KATHRYN HAYES

IT'S a long way from Botswana to the Banner County, but one Clare hurling fan is determined to see his adopted team lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup this weekend.

Bus driver Brock Semahedi has been proudly wearing his Clare jersey to work and has decked his home out with flags ahead of tomorrow's All-Ireland showdown in Croke Park.

Originally from Botswana in southern Africa, the 37-year-old fell in love with all things GAA shortly after he arrived in Ireland in 2002.

The father of two, who works for Bus Eireann, is married to Dubliner Siobhan O'Connor, whom he met when she was teaching in Botswana in 1999.

The couple live with their two children Ciaran (11) and Aisling (8) in the village of Kilmurry, in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, and the home club of the county's famous hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald.

"Both our children play. Ciaran started playing Gaelic Football in 2005 and he also plays hurling," he explained.

"Unfortunately I am rostered to work this Sunday so I don't think I will make it to Croke Park but I will be listening on the radio.

"I have been wearing my jersey at work much to the annoyance of my Limerick colleagues who were very disappointed after they lost the semi-final.

"I suppose I have been been rubbing it in a bit!" he admitted.

Irish Independent

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