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Dublin's Macauley set to sample Sigerson Cup football

The self-professed ‘Van Wilder’ will be in action in the third-level ranks next year.

Michael Darragh Macauley.
Michael Darragh Macauley.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

DUBLIN’S MICHAEL DARRAGH Macauley is set to make his bow in the Sigerson Cup when he lines out in next year’s competition.

Macauley is training to be a school teacher and is eligible to line out for NUI Maynooth in next year’s premier third-level Gaelic football event.

And the All-Ireland winning midfielder, who is nominated for the 2013 Footballer of the Year award which will be announced next week, is going to ‘give it a lash’.

“I’m going to give Sigerson a lash for the first time this year. I’m Van Wilder so I am. I played in the Corn Na Mac Léinn last year.

“We lost the final of that. So I am eligible to play Sigerson with Maynooth this year. It’d be a nice thing to have on the CV. I’ll get back involved over the coming weeks.

“I’m looking forward to it. College ball is always good craic. I played Fresher ball with UCD and that was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had.”

Before that Macauley will take the chance to recharge the batteries in the aftermath of a busy inter-county season and his club Ballyboden St-Enda’s exit from the Dublin SFC at the semi-final stage last Monday night.

“It’s important that you do try to get your body right. You need to be feeling fresh for next year. Obviously we’ll be coming in, in a different position this year.

“We’ll be holding on to the cup which is no easy feat now. But it shouldn’t be hard for anyone to motivate themselves to put on a Dublin jersey first of all. It’s a group mentality.”

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