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Liam Hennessy: The jack of all sporting trades living with a life-changing illness 

Liam Hennessy – the man who collaborated to change the DNA of Irish rugby players, brought the Tipp hurlers to another level and worked with the ever evolving Pádraig Harrington – understands the highs and lows of both life and sport more than anyone

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Dr Liam Hennessy was ‘pushing an open door’ when he joined the IRFU while he describes ‘Babs’ Keating as ‘ahead of his time. Photo: Don Moloney

Dr Liam Hennessy was ‘pushing an open door’ when he joined the IRFU while he describes ‘Babs’ Keating as ‘ahead of his time. Photo: Don Moloney

Don Moloney

Dr Liam Hennessy was ‘pushing an open door’ when he joined the IRFU while he describes ‘Babs’ Keating as ‘ahead of his time. Photo: Don Moloney

'I have to be careful now," he says, wary of the sparks loose words might toss towards any besieged mind.

Every patient must figure out cancer's grammar for themselves. Dr Liam Hennessy is ten years down this road now, but pushing no parables. He's been through the alternating phases of faith and anguish; days when this illness feels a wilderness; others when exultation comes from the most humdrum of things.

He mentions Bob Tisdall's line about sleep being "nature's workshop". Such a simple, profound wisdom.