Hurling Hero John Mullane Retires ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 36

I have the utmost admiration for John Mullane, the inspirational Waterford hurler, who announced his retirement from Inter-County hurling this week. He is a man who gave his all to Waterford hurling, wore his heart on his blue and white sleeve and gave us magic moments in which we saw raw talent and flair. When you talk about John Mullane, you talk about a player who ignited stadiums with his speed, skill and sheer passion.  You also talk about a man who poured his humble  soul into inspiring a whole generation of  Waterford youngsters with a deep, deep love of the game. He is so generous with his time and makes every young player feel special.

I will never, ever forget being on the Quay in Waterford in 2008 for the Waterford Team’s homecoming having been defeated in the All-Ireland Final in 2008. To see John Mullane sobbing was heart-breaking as ‘ Don’t Stop Believin’ ,  the Waterford anthem,  echoed right around the county. He felt he had let us all down; we knew that he would die for Waterford.  He was a fundamental part of  so many great Waterford games  that gave us such memories ~ playing alongside the likes of Ken McGrath, Paul Flynn, Dan Shanahan , Tony Browne, Eoin Kelly, Michael Brick Walshe ….

John Mullane, you will never, ever know how you lifted our Waterford hearts as you shot up the field and scored from impossible angles.  Thanks for the glorious memories.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

2 thoughts on “Hurling Hero John Mullane Retires ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 36”

    1. Thanks for writing. Yes, I agree that he did an excellent interview on the radio. It can’t have been easy given the levels of emotion that are part of retiring from playing hurling at such a high level.

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