I for one am glad the GAA decided to ban Sean Og for four weeks. I mean what kind of an example is he setting for the youth of today! Kids should be looking up to true sportsmen like Graham Geraghty and John Mullane, whose sportsmanship is only surpassed by their humility and good nature.
If you want to know more about this Cork scoundrel, have a read of this Forbes article.
Ben Cramer 04.23.07
Ireland’s most beloved hurling champion hails from County Cork–by way of Fiji.
Sean Og O’Hailpin and his two-time defending national champion Cork County hurling team have just taken the field. In distinct swaths of red and blue, 53,286 screaming fans erupt as a marching band parades the Cork and Tipperary squads. Today, the population of the tiny town of Thurles in Tipperary County–Ireland’s traditional “Home of Hurling”–has multiplied by 700 percent for the Munster Senior Final, the match that crowns the champs of Ireland’s most dominant hurling province. Another half a million have tuned in nationwide. That’s the rough equivalent of 30 million Americans watching a regional lacrosse game.
And Sean Og–Irish for Young Sean or Sean Jr.–is the most recognizable hurler in all of Ireland, and probably the best athlete in the sport. In 2004, O’Hailpin was voted by hurling’s players’ union as the national “Hurler of the Year.” In 2005, he won Ireland’s “Sports Personality of the Year,” bestowed by national public broadcaster RTE.
He’s easy to spot, just back of the marching band, seventh in the line of Cork players, the one with the dark, curly hair, the rugged jaw, the one that doesn’t look…Irish. Sean Og’s the one with, well, the dark skin, and is the only non-Irish-born hurler at this top level of play.