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Henry Shefflin

Legendary Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin talks about growing up in Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny and about his family background and involvement in the GAA. He recalls childhood memories of informal playing of hurling and of attending local matches. He then mentions famous local players and well-known rivalries in the area. He also tells about his first memories of All-Ireland finals when he was a teenager. Henry discusses at length the place of hurling in his primary and secondary schools. He gives a full record of his school career with St Kieran’s College. He mentions the team-mate she played with and the biggest rivals at the time. He also talks about playing hurling when he was studying in Waterford Institute of Technology and winning the Fitzgibbon cup in 1999 and 2000. He then charts his time in Kilkenny minor and under-21 panels. He discusses the various positions he played in and his biggest wins and disappointments at the time. Henry talks at length about his career in Kilkenny senior team from 1999 to 2013, from his first All-star award in 2000 to 2013 frustrating season. He describes training sessions and the routine on big match day. He also explains the development of the panel between 2002 and 2013 under Brian Cody’s management. The interview ends with him discussing the highest and lowest points of his career and talking about the importance his family had for him all these years.

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