The wife of GAA legend Henry Shefflin has revealed that she has filled his free time with babysitting duty following his retirement from senior hurling this year.
Deirdre Shefflin scooped the prize for Best Dressed Lady at a Kilkenny Horse Racing event last weekend and said she would have never been able to attend something like that during Henry’s GAA heyday.
“I’m delighted to actually be able to come,” Deirdre said.
“If Henry had not retired there is no way I would have been able to go to this on the day before a match,” she said.
“But now with Henry at home I finally have a babysitter for the four children.”
Stylish Deirdre was crowned the Best Dressed Lady at the event, but judge Marietta Doran was unaware of connection to ‘King’ Henry.
“I only ever judge competitions on how people are dressed,” said Marietta.
“It was actually a photographer who said to me, ‘Do you know who she is?’ And I said ‘No.’ And he said ‘That’s the wife of Henry Shefflin’. And I said, ‘Who’s he?’”
Deirdre wore a summery white dress that she picked up in Macy’s in New York and a large embellished white hat. She carried a red Dolce & Gabbana clutch, which was the first present ever bought for her by Henry.
Speaking of Henry's retirement earlier this year, Deirdre said it would be a big change for the family. "I feel, obviously, a little bit sad. It's been a huge part of our lives. Hurling has been part of our days and part of our week. It's going to be a big change."
"Am I sad it's the end of it? Yes, I am, but I'm happy he's got what he did out of it."
"Henry is one of those guys, he likes being busy and will be busy. He'll be around that little bit more, but he'll continue with the club."
Of all the rotten memories he is sure to carry into winter, one will hang stubbornly above all others. Even now, cushioned by distance, it tugs for his attention like a stone in his shoe. The Waterford game, dying minutes of normal time. A chance to do the right thing and he fluffs it. The memory offends Henry Shefflin because, if he has sought anything from himself throughout the most decorated hurling career of them all, it has been the obligation to radiate calm in a storm.