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“Don’t be turned because there’s a woke community out there”

Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran gives his thoughts on Dónal Óg Cusack comments about the Tailteann Cup

Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran gives his thoughts on Dónal Óg Cusack’s comments about the Tailteann Cup.

Former Roscommon goalkeeper Shane Curran believes that Donal Og Cusack should have stuck to his guns with regards to his comments on the Tailteann Cup.

The former Cork goalkeeper called the second-tier football competition “a sort of Gaelic football Grand National for disappointed also-rans,” which GAA President Larry McCarthy has called “unhelpful”.

Joanne Cantrell challenged Cusack on the Sunday Game last weekend, but the latter refused to qualify his comments any further and instead down-faced the presenter.

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The Cloyne man is the GPA president, a group that purports to support inter-county players across the codes and grades, yet his comments could be taken as an insult by half of the footballing fraternity who are currently engaged in the Tailteann Cup.

“What I was more disappointed by, well obviously when Joanne Cantrell semi-attacked him on the hurling show on Sunday… I don’t know why when someone says something, that they’re not prepared to just stand behind it, come what may,” says Curran.

“He was trying to row back on it. Sometimes we do look at it… we’re all in this punditry game and we give opinions, and maybe sometimes the opinions we give aren’t our true opinions.

“But when you say something, just stick to your guns and don’t be turned just because there’s a woke community out there that wants you to turn.

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“The remarks he made were in poor jest but there is that kind of hurling snobbery anyhow across the GAA: the best field game in the world and all this kid of stuff.

“To me, when football is played well, it is as good a game as any, and I think hurling is maybe suffering from a lot of tactical issues and they have maybe gone from the traditional game that the older fraternity like, similar to football.

“In some ways, you have an even better spectacle.”

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