21 December, 2010

The genius of Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Part 2):

Seán Óg: Northside Personality of the Month
                Seán Óg has been awarded the Northside (Cork) Personality of the Month. On accepting the Award at the Ambassador Hotel, the hurling icon said: "I've been very lucky to share a dressing room with some great people. To play with the likes of Brian Corcoran, Dónal Óg Cusack, Joe Deane, Wayne Sherlock and Diarmuid O'Sullivan was something very special. Never again will I share a dressing room with people like that. More than the winning and losing, you remember the people you meet and the times you share to-gether. I'll look back on being around those guys and realise that I was very lucky."

                  Seán Óg Ó hAilpín was a senior inter-county hurler with Cork from 1996 - 2010; when manager Denis Walsh retired him. I, for one am still hopeful that Seán Óg will return to the Cork fold however. He won 3 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Titles (1999, 2004 and '05) with "The Rebels" and played senior inter-county football with the county from 1996 - 2001. He nearly completed the Dual Double of All-Ireland Hurling & Football Titles in 1999, but Cork lost the All-Ireland Football Final to Meath two weeks after Cork's hurlers had beaten Kilkenny. If he had  achieved that feat, he would have been the second person (after Cork's Teddy McCarthy in 1990), to win the Dual Double in the same year. Seán Óg was 2004 (All-Star, Gaelic Player's Association & Texaco) "Hurler of the Year"; crowning his career by captaining Cork to the 2005 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Title with victory over Galway.
          Seán Óg also won two Cork Senior Hurling Championship Titles (1995 & 2004) with his club Na Piarsaigh as well as numerous under-age medals.
          Seán Óg was selected for the Ireland International Rules Team in 2004 and '05 and played in all four Tests (two in 2004 and two in '05) as Ireland won the first Series at home but were defeated Down Under.

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