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'We'll have to find somewhere for it' -- Henry Shefflin brings new memento home from Croker

The Kilkenny talisman represented the GAA at HQ earlier.

Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin with the Olympic torch in Croke Park today.
Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin with the Olympic torch in Croke Park today.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

HENRY SHEFFLIN ADMITTED after his leg of today’s Olympic Torch relay at Croke Park, that the honour was up there with his eight All-Ireland medals.

The Kilkenny forward took the flame around GAA HQ this morning on the new Skyline walk on the roof of the stadium.

“I get to keep the torch so I’ll have to find somewhere to put it at home, somewhere safe. It’s a great memento I suppose in years to come,” he said afterwards.

“We’ll have the pictures, a couple of my kids were here today for the first time in Croke Park. It will  be something we’ll always, always remember.  [The torch] is going to take up a bit of space. But we’ll definitely find room for it I’d say,” the Ballyhale man told RTÉ.

After an historic morning on Jones’ Rd however, it’ll back to Nolan Park tonight to be put through his paces by Cats chief Brian Cody.

“Hopefully we’ll be back here in June,” he said. “It’s down to brass tacks now. We’re back in training tonight, back with the lads. It’s a brilliant feeling I suppose, I’ve got this because of hurling. People say to me about injuries and why do you do it but I’m lucky enough to get the occasions like this. I’m delighted to represent the GAA today.”

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