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Michael Darragh MacAuley Set To Join Basketball Ireland's Super League

Michael Darragh MacAuley Set To Join Basketball Ireland's Super League

During last month's Culture Night in Dublin, five-time All-Ireland winner Michael Darragh MacAuley revealed his fondness for all things American during his youth.

From music to sport and all things in-between, MacAuley cited the rap artist Tupac as one of his most important "teachers" growing up.

It would now appear that MacAuley is seeking a return to these earlier interests.

On Thursday, MacAuley will make his first appearance for Eanna in Basketball Ireland's Super League. A sport that has always had a place close to MacAuley's heart, he has explained his reasons for embarking on this journey now:

I've played basketball since I was very young and it was always a really big part of my life until ... football kind of took over.

I've always played whenever it's the off season with football. Playing basketball has hugely benefited me.

Eanna is going from strength to strength at the moment and we are looking forward to the game v UCD this Thursday.

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Joining the likes of Kieran Donaghy (Tralee) and Aidan O'Shea (Sligo) in the National League, a hotly-anticipated clash with the Kerryman is set to occur after Christmas - O'Shea, unfortunately, plays in a division beneath the Super League so no Dublin v Mayo rivalry will occur between the two.

No longer a regular starter for Dublin, what this decision reveals regarding the 31-year-old's involvement with his county is as yet unclear.

While Donaghy and O'Shea are but two examples that the two can be successfully wed together, time will tell how MacAuley approaches the demands of both.

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