All-Ireland hero Ger Brennan en route to New York City
GAA to attend event with with Kilkenny captain Henry Shefflin and the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy Cups
“Ye it has been very exciting over the past week in Dublin. We weren’t expecting it be on the scale we have witnessed, it was surreal to see 50,000 supporters turn out to celebrate the following day. But we had to pull the reins in over the past few days because we were all back playing with our clubs in the Dublin senior football championship,” Brennan said.
“The club will always remain the focal point for us. It’s where we start and where we’ll finish. That’s the way it is for any county player, regardless of how successful you are.”
Even at club level, however, Brennan has tasted the ultimate success as he was on the St. Vincent’s team that won the All-Ireland senior football club championship in 2007, lining out alongside his now Dublin manager Pat Gilroy.
Brennan is over in New York as part of a visit by the Gaelic Players Association, the organization representing Ireland’s county hurlers and Gaelic footballers. And he will be sharing his personal insights into his sport and the historic season gone by with guests tomorrow night.
One of the topics that will feature during the discussion will be how elite GAA players can prepare and perform like pros although remaining strictly amateurs within the Gaelic Athletic Association.
And the overlapping of Gaelic footballers and hurlers with their professional counterparts in Irish rugby reflects the extraordinary dedication of Ireland’s GAA stars.
Brennan will be joined at the New York Athletic Club event by Kilkenny hurling legend Shefflin who, after winning a record-equaling eighth All-Ireland medal earlier this month, was also back on duty with his club Ballyhale Shamrocks last weekend.
If Shefflin goes on to win another All-Ireland with Kilkenny, he’ll become the most decorated GAA player of all time. No other player, in hurling or football, has ever won nine All-Ireland medals.
Both players will be joined by Gaelic Players Association chairman and current Cork hurling goalkeeper Dónal Og Cusack and chief executive Dessie Farrell, former Dublin football captain.
The event, called Sons of Erin, will take place at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, New York, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and admission is free. Contact Louise at email@example.com.
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