Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cahillane hails 'icon' Roy

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

He missed the arrival of one Keane but sat in awe in a Parkhead dressing-room when the other Keane arrived for his brief stint as a Celtic player.

Portlaoise's Paul Cahillane, recipient of the AIB Leinster Club Player of the Year award yesterday, admits meeting Roy Keane was the highlight of a three-year spell in Glasgow (2005 to 2008).

Cahillane's impressive form with Portlaoise earned him the accolade and as he prepared for next week's All-Ireland semi-final with Kilmurry/Ibrickane, he took time out to reflect on his time at Celtic.

"He (Keane) has that presence," said Cahillane.

"When you meet Roy Keane, and maybe it's because I'm Irish and he's an icon, he was definitely the one man I was taken aback a bit with when he walked into the room."

Cahillane returned to Ireland two years ago and has been concentrating on resurrecting his Gaelic football career.

"I enjoyed my three years in Glasgow and loved every minute of it. But now I'm back I'm with Portlaoise and I'm the happiest I have ever been," he said.

"I went back to the intermediate team for six months just to work my way back in.

"I was asked to go up to the senior panel but I knew I wasn't ready myself so they gave me time and they said wait until next season, which is the season just gone, and I'm happy enough with the way it has gone so far."

Cahillane has yet to play with Laois, but on current form could be in line for a call-up to Sean Dempsey's squad.

Irish Independent

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