Saturday 25 January 2020

Tipp top hurler says he may return to the game

Concert promoter and publican Lar Corbett at the Premier Hall in Thurles, Co Tipperary, where singer Bressie is to perform this Friday
Concert promoter and publican Lar Corbett at the Premier Hall in Thurles, Co Tipperary, where singer Bressie is to perform this Friday

Barry Duggan

RENOWNED hurler Lar Corbett -- who stunned the GAA world earlier this year after quitting the Tipperary team -- has revealed he is missing the game.

The Thurles native has offered a chink of light to Tipperary supporters and has not ruled out returning to the county's hurling team.

Speaking for the first time since he announced he would not be lining out for Tipperary, Mr Corbett (30) said he was solely concentrating on his working life.

This weekend, Mr Corbett enters a field of a different kind as a concert promoter and has lined up singing star Niall Breslin, better known as Bressie, to perform in his hometown.

The 2010 hurler of the year said that while it had been difficult spending time away from the game he loves, it had afforded him the time to concentrate on his work as a publican and pursue new business interests.

"I have had the best days of my life hurling for Tipperary and it has been strange not being with the lads these past couple of months," Mr Corbett said.

Balance

"I got so much out of hurling and I would like to think that I gave my best back to it.

"But I had no choice, for business reasons, but to take time away from the game and I am giving my all to the business end of my life right now," he added.

Mr Corbett and his business partner, Kevin Coppinger -- who run a pub together -- are jointly promoting Bressie's show at the Premier Hall in Thurles.

The town has been plastered in posters advertising the concert and Mr Corbett said all of his energies were focused on the event.

He admitted that trying to balance hurling and work in the past was a difficult task to master.

"It's difficult to balance participation in sport at a high level and work, more so nowadays because both are so much more competitive. You just have to work so hard at both to succeed," he said.

"If I hadn't done this (taken time out), I would not be here looking forward to Friday night. It takes a lot of time and effort to get things right in business and you have to look after the day job."

He said he had not retired from the Tipperary senior hurling team, leaving some hope for supporters.

"It's not that I don't miss the hurling; I definitely do and I am not ruling anything out or in with regard to the future.

"But whatever happens with the hurling, there's a great bunch of lads in there with Tipp and with or without me they will be giving it a massive effort this year," he said.

"But for the minute, my concentration is on my bar and, more immediately, on Friday night's concert with Bressie and I have to say I'm enjoying it all.

"We are really happy with how things have gone so far and it's looking like we won't be too far off selling the event out in advance, which will be a great start," Mr Corbett added.

Tickets for the Thurles show can be purchased from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie

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