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Oisin Kiernan Opens Up On Impact Of Cancer Diagnosis

Oisin Kiernan Opens Up On Impact Of Cancer Diagnosis

Oisin Kiernan has been praised for his appearance on The Late Late Show, where he spoke about his battle with testicular cancer.

Kiernan appeared as part of a Daffodil Day special, where the show raised awareness as viewers contributed over €2.5 million in support for the Irish Cancer Society.

Speaking with Ryan Tubridy, the Cavan footballer spoke about discovering the illness in 2018 and the impact that his diagnosis had on himself and his teammates.

We were in the middle of the Championship. I kind of felt a lump. I said something wasn’t right. I mentioned it to Dad then – obviously he has history of it.

He said, ‘just go over to my GP’ in Coole. I went for a scan then the next day. I had to ring Donal Keogan (Castlerahan manager) and tell him I was diagnosed that morning. When Donal told the players that day and I could see the shock on their faces – that’s what really got me more, because I got a bit taken back by that. At the time, I didn’t see it as a massive deal and I saw their reaction, so I thought maybe it’s a bit bigger than it is.

Kiernan would later undergo chemotherapy treatment and was out of action during his club's Cavan county championship win in 2019. He returned to intercounty action with Cavan just six weeks after finishing chemotherapy, making his first appearance against Dublin in the National Football League. From there he went on to be a part of the Cavan side that won the 2020 Ulster title.

Kiernan has been praised for his role in raising awareness of the cancer risks associated with young men. "Check yourself and be aware of your body" was a key message he shared on the show, which also included appearances from Jedward and Westlife's Shane Filan who opened up on some of the effects that cancer has had on their families.

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