Richard Dunne will forever be an Irish sporting hero, but that legendary status doesn’t, on this evidence, lend itself to all sports.
The former Ireland international was in Dublin last week to launch eir Sport’s new Chromecast compatibility, and gave his hurling and Gaelic football skills a try, attempting a puck a sliotar into the net and kick a point over the bar. Neither went particularly well for Dunne, and he showed that a career in the GAA definitely didn’t pass him by.
Of course, with Dunne as part of the punditry team for Ireland’s clash with Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday, it couldn’t pass without his misadventures being brought up and roundly laughed at. Denis Irwin, in particular, looked incredibly unimpressed with what he was witnessing – particularly when Dunne resorted to using the hurl one-handed in order to find the net.
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Irwin, who played for Cork-based club St. Finbarr’s at youth level and once marked a young Niall Quinn in a Cork vs. Dublin primary schools hurling match in Croke Park and won an All-Ireland Colleges under-15 Gaelic football medal, is better qualified than most when it comes to critiquing the ability of footballers trying their hand at hurling and Gaelic football, and he simply remarked to Dunne:
“You wouldn’t have survived growing up in Cork, you know that?”
At this point, it only seems fair to include a video of Dunne doing something brilliant to balance it out.