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Johnny Hurley

Johnny Hurley discusses his early involvement with the GAA, in particular his participation in parish leagues and underage games. His early experiences also included attending Munster and All-Ireland finals and he notes that he has attended every All-Ireland final involving Cork since 1982. Hurley discusses his proficiency in squash, a game in which he has represented Ireland, and the involvement of several Blarney GAA players in the sport. However, the bulk of the interview deals with his adult playing career, in particular the historic county Intermediate championship success of 2008 and the subsequent runs to Munster and All-Ireland glory. The games throughout this campaign are recalled in detail, as are the events in and around them, in particular the celebrations that following the All-Ireland victory in Croke Park. Towards the end of the interview, Hurley is called to reflect on his schooldays, on playing hurling for a summer in Boston, on the power balance between hurling and football in Blarney and his involvement in both. Finally, he pays tribute to those volunteers who have contributed to making the club what is has become.

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