AFTER HELPING CROSSMAGLEN to yet another All-Ireland club title, Oisín McConville was immediately faced with questions about his future.
The 35 year old forward from South Armagh refused to be drawn on a decision though, despite speculation that he would retire after collecting his fifth All-Ireland medal with Crossmaglen Rangers.
Funny, a lot of people are trying to retire me now. I’ll see. The thing is we’re nearly into the new season already.
Having won virtually every honour in the game, McConville could be forgiven for taking his foot off the pedal. But his commitment remains as strong as ever, and he says he will discuss with his wife whether or not to continue.
After matches it doesn’t be pretty. But I love it. That’s why I do it. And I enjoy the training, as hard as it is. But I’m married now as well. So I don’t have the full say. Only 50 per cent. But I’ve to go on a honeymoon now, and we’ll think about it then.
The two-time All Star believes that the team is in good hands and that there is plenty of talent coming through should he decide to call it a day.
The ethos and spirit of this team is strong again. We have players coming off the bench, and it’s time to give them a chance.
Aaron Kernan spoke of McConville’s value to the team, and how his experience instilled belief the dressing room. He said the foundations at Crossmaglen were strong as a result of the work done by McConville and others.
If them older boys do feel that’s their last day then what better way to go? But those guys like Oisín McConville instilled the belief in this team, and it’s there now for the next generation.
Crossmaglen Rangers defeated St Brigid’s of Roscommon 2-11 to 1-11 to secure their first All-Ireland title since 2007. Earlier in Croke Park, Clarinbridge of Galway ran out comfortable winners over Kilkenny’s O’Loughlin Gaels in the Hurling final. Despite trailing by five points at one stage in the first half, Clarinbridge cruised to victory in the second period, winning 2-18 to 0-12.