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Hurling legend and current Kilkenny senior hurling selector, DJ Carey, pictured at the EirGrid Official Timing Sponsorship launch. EirGrid, the state-owned company that develops and manages the flow of electricity across Ireland, has been a proud partner of the GAA since 2015.
Hurling legend and current Kilkenny senior hurling selector, DJ Carey, pictured at the EirGrid Official Timing Sponsorship launch. EirGrid, the state-owned company that develops and manages the flow of electricity across Ireland, has been a proud partner of the GAA since 2015.

Carey: 'We have to do everything in our power'


By Cian O'Connell

DJ Carey believes the GAA community needs to do everything possible to ensure the All Ireland Championships are staged in the safest environment possible.

The Kilkenny selector believes that so many people will relish the opportunity to monitor inter-county action when it recommences in the coming weeks.

“There are an awful lot of people around the country, in my opinion, who are waiting for inter-county to start, whether that’s by television only or they can go to games, and I don’t see people being able to go to games," Carey says. "They are waiting for it to start.

“There are an awful lot of people out there who are not overly club orientated. They can’t wait for inter-county football or hurling to start, and that doesn’t matter whatever part of the country you are form."

That is precisely why Carey is hopeful the Championship can provide some sort of relief and hope in these wickedly uncertain times.

“I think it would be a big downer for people if it’s not to happen," Carey adds. "It shouldn’t happen if there are problems out there. It would have to be abandoned.

“In my opinion, we have to do everything in our power to make sure that it does go ahead.”

Carey was always going to return to his role as a Kilkenny selector once the restrictions were lifted during the summer.

“I didn’t really consider it all," Carey states.

“Whatever will be. If the government comes out, or the GAA comes out and say it’s not going to happen, we have to accept that. It’s as simple as that. I have been very lucky.

“We, as selectors, are kind of classed as working for Kilkenny County Board so we were able to go to matches to see players, because we needed to see player throughout a Championship, so I have been very lucky to be able to be at a lot of games."