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Neil McManus Takes Hurling To The Open Championship In Portrush

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When Neil McManus eventually retires from inter-county hurling you can be sure as the Pope says Mass that a job in media awaits him.

The Antrim star was a guest on The Sunday Game a number of weeks ago and spoke with pure passion and conviction when discussing the challenges faced by the so-called weaker counties in hurling.

Time and time again, McManus had Anthony Daly and Donal Óg Cusack’s number when discussing the current issues surrounding the ‘small ball’ game, something that all too often is ignored by leading pundits.

McManus was back on our television screens this morning only this time he was on the Sky Sports Golf channel for a segment on hurling during their Open Championship broadcast.

The highly prestigious golf major is back on these shores for the first time since 1951 with sports stars from all over the country flocking to Portrush to take in Northern Ireland’s biggest ever sporting event and there is no better man to inform the British audience on Ireland’s native games than McManus.

The Antrim star hails from Cushendall, an Ulster hurling stronghold situated 30 miles from Portrush, the host of the 148th Open Championship.

McManus spoke very eloquently when describing the game of hurling to those in attendance before the Antrim star drove a golf ball 147 yards with his hurl.

“Hurling, for those who don’t know it, is a game native to Ireland, spreading slowly throughout the globe as the diaspora of Ireland spread but played with great vigour and great enthusiasm in this area.”

You can watch the full segment below.


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