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Shane Lowry's Love Of GAA Nearly Put Him In A Rory McIlroy-Esque Situation

Shane Lowry's Love Of GAA Nearly Put Him In A Rory McIlroy-Esque Situation
By PJ Browne

Shane Lowry made an appearance on the Last Word with Matt Cooper on Tuesday evening, mostly speaking about his love of GAA.

The golfer revealed that two years ago he was involved in a Rory McIlroy-esque incident which nearly put him out of action.

I actually togged out in a charity match Stephen's Day two years ago. It was for a guy called Donal Rabbitte who sadly passed away a few years ago. He was a good Clara man. He was the chairman of the hurling club in Clara.

There's a charity match every Stephen's Day. The first ball I got - it was literally in the first 30 seconds - my best friend, from home, hit me an unmerciful shoulder and bruised my ribs. I had bruised ribs for about six weeks after that. I actually had to go and play. I was struggling to play but no one really heard about that.

That'll be my last day togging out on a football field anyway.

Lowry comes from a family with considerable GAA credentials. His father Brendan was part of the famous Offaly team which stopped Kerry's five-in-a-row tilt in 1982 and his uncle Sean was also in the Faithful County starting XV that day.

I can't say I was very quick off the mark but I was good with the ball in my hand. I used to play corner forward and take all the frees as a Kid. I was OK. I was never going to be out there in Croke Park playing.

You can listen to the full interview below.

Picture credit: John Dickson / SPORTSFILE

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