GREAT EXPECTATIONS A FAMILY DIVIDED BY RUGBY

ALL I CAN RECALL OF THOSE SATURDAY MORNINGS WAS THE OVAL BALL WHIZZING AROUND ME BUT NEVER BEING CLOSE ENOUGH THAT I COULD TOUCH IT.

WHAT I REMEMBER MOSTLY ARE MY RUGBY BOOTS. THEY WERE HAND-ME-DOWNS AND WHOEVER HANDED THEM DOWN HAD BEEN BEQUEATHED THEM IN TURN.

It was circa 1964 and I had been enrolled in Cork Constitution rugby club by my father, presumably on the long shot that I would exude the sort of athleticism and flair that had seemed to elude my older brothers. I was eight...

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