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Cusack named Cork hurling captain

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy has named veteran goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack as Shane O’Neill’s successor to the captaincy.

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HAVING ENDURED MORE than his fair share of strife and controversy throughout his career, veteran goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack has been named captain of the Cork hurling team for the forthcoming season.

The 34-year-old’s predecessor, Shane O’Neill, has been dogged by injury over the previous twelve months and forfeited his role when it became clear that his physical condition would prevent his taking an official role in next year’s league and Championship campaigns.

A statement by county manager Jimmy Barry Murphy, released on Cork GAA’s official website, confirmed the appointment:

“Shane O’Neill has stepped down as he has suffered a number of injuries over the past twelve months and now wishes to concentrate on his own game. As a result, the management made the decision to appoint Donal Óg as captain, with Patrick Horgan as vice-captain.”

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