Eoin Larkin will today still be celebrating victory with his beloved county Kilkenny in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling final win over Galway. However, the next personal task the forward must encounter goes far beyond the importance of an All-Ireland final.
While most inter-county players will have the usual stresses of work in Ireland to deal with, which is by no means easy after putting your body on the line for the whole summer, Larkin’s next assignment is something not many Irish citizens will ever encounter in their lifetime.
The 31-year-old has revealed to Marty Morrissey (via Balls.ie) that he will be part of the Irish Army’s peacekeeping forces which travel to Syria in the near future.
“It certainly will be different to most other years but it’s something that I have to do. It’s part of my job and we’ll go out and do it this year and see how it goes.
“I’m apprehensive and very nervous. All my family are nervous seeing things on the news but hopefully things will go okay and I’ll come back in one piece.”
With war raging in the middle east country, it certainly puts the struggles that come with preparing for and playing in All-Ireland competition into perspective.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena