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Cathal Noonan/INPHO O'Callaghan had fallen out of favour but he finished the season strongly.
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'Playing for Dublin has always been a big thing for me - it would be hard to walk away now'
There are no impending retirements in the Dubs camp, according to Dotsy O’Callaghan.

THE DEMANDS OF inter-county hurling are beginning to take their toll but David ‘Dotsy’ O’Callaghan is sticking around for at least another year.

The Dublin forward worked his way back into the reckoning under Ger Cunningham towards the end of the 2015 season and his attention has already turned to next year’s campaign.

Although the 32-year-old admits it would be easy to walk away at this stage of his career, he has not intention to call it quits despite the increased physical demands.

“I suppose it is getting more and more demanding – the training and preparation and stuff,” O’Callaghan admitted.

“I don’t know how much higher that can go. But you kind of become a bit institutionalised as well, playing in it for so long. And playing for Dublin has always been a big thing for me.

“It would be very hard to just walk away from it at this stage. It’s inevitable at some stage. But I’m of the opinion that I’d like to keep it going for as long as I can.

“At times it can become a little bit of a chore, if I’m being honest. But I think overall, there is huge enjoyment in it. The lifestyle of it … you do have to give a lot to it. You’re geared towards it as well.

“I enjoy going training. I have great banter with the lads. But I suppose you would be seeing a hell of a lot of the lads as well.”

Over 650 children travelled to Croke Park today for a very special day out as part of Centra’s Live Well initiative. Young hurlers from 16 different clubs had the once in a lifetime chance to experience the ultimate behind the scenes day out with many of their hurling idols including Henry Shefflin, Seamus Hickey, and Pat Donnellan.  Through their partnership with the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Centra has been encouraging children all over Ireland to live healthier lives encouraging them to be active and educating them on nutrition. For more information see www.centra.ie  

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