Hurling Palms: Dan Shanahan – I broke my two thumbs within a few months of each and every other

Hurling Hands: Dan Shanahan - I broke my two thumbs within a few weeks of each other

I broke my two thumbs within a handful of months of each and every other one particular period. I experienced a pin inserted in my still left thumb in January 1999, when I broke it, and then when I arrived again the subsequent thirty day period I broke the appropriate thumb.

I broke the two previous fingers on my left hand, the little one finger and the a person next to it – my catching hand, not incredibly. Putting your hand up to catch puck-outs, you’re normally in the firing line.

I realized just about every time they had been broken. In the photo you can see the top rated of my very first finger on the appropriate hand is twisted from a break, it pops in and pops out when I capture the ball: if the ball hit the incredibly top of the finger it upsets the whole finger.

I just have to get on with it. A physician attempted to set it in for good after a video game with Lismore the moment – a few or 4 anesthetics to deaden it, but she however couldn’t get it again in. She claimed I’d have to crack it and get it re-set right before it’d be proper.

I experienced a handful of other breaks as well, but it was all element of the recreation. Placing up your hand you are a concentrate on, it is a call sport.

Today I consider catching balls out of the air is a ability that’s practically dying out. There is far more emphasis now on bringing the ball to floor and then attempting to win possession, not to mention the brief puck-out to the corner-back again – all of which usually means you are not landing the ball on the 50 percent-ahead line.

There are nonetheless fifty percent-forwards who’ll contest the ball, the likes of Gearoid Hegarty from Limerick will place up his hand, but it is not normally the most significant person who wins it. Tommy Walsh from Kilkenny generally caught the ball about my head due to the fact his managing was good and he timed his jump. JJ Delaney was a different great person to area ball possibly aspect of his male.

But now it is about finding the very long shipping and delivery down to the ground to contest the next ball, to use your toughness and rate to earn it there.

It is just about a downside now to earn the ball cleanly simply because you can be bottled up instantly by opponents, and the depth individuals opponents convey to tackling is big. I recall when Cork ended up participating in Michael Cussen, he was so huge we’d depart him capture it most of the time simply because you’d get a hook or block in much quicker than you’’d outfield him.

Image: Des Barry

Hurleys? I started off off with Jim O’Brien in Drangan in Tipperary, then I went local, to Seán de Búrca Hurleys in Clashmore. This calendar year I obtained a pair from Aidan Walsh, the Cork hurler. I was looking at Patrick Horgan’s hurley, I liked the big bas so I got on to Aidan, who makes them, and acquired a few of wonderful types from him.

I’d be really picky. Any hurley I’d get I’d trim a bit, sand it down to how I wanted it, maybe lighten it. And I constantly have two black grips.

I’d use a 37 inch hurley, 1 of the larger kinds, but I do not consider you ever use the whole duration of the hurley in any case in a sport. 

If I had been 60 yards out from aim, all on my personal, I’d use the complete swing but far more frequently than not you’re underneath pressure from an individual so you have to have to shorten your swing.

Justin McCarthy was as excellent as every person suggests to fix your hurley, by the way. He’d often make it better, you’d give it to him and when it arrived back again it’d be amazing. He’d know what type of hurley you’d like, and that went for just about every participant – he’d choose a new hurley, ‘I’ll correct that, Dan’, and it was just a dream to perform with when he arrived back again. He’s just gifted.

Fellas who stood out in my time playing? Paul Flynn, what he could do with the ball….. Paudie Mahony extra not long ago, a ten out of ten guy.

Bubbles (O’Dwyer) and Seamus Callanan are top class, terrific males to choose out a go – I assume Liam Sheedy’s influence can be noticed there. Obtaining a pass is a excellent check – Austin Gleeson did it with Jamie Barron in the All-Ireland semi-final two several years back, and Maurice (Shanahan) observed Shane Bennett in a video game in opposition to Dublin. The techniques in the match now are unbelievable.