Joe Canning was on RTÉ’s Late Late Show on Friday night where he spoke to Ryan Tubridy and it made for fascinating viewing.
The Galway icon was crowned Hurler Of The Year in November at the annual All-Star awards after winning the All-Ireland final in September.
There was a sense of ‘at long last’ to see Joe finally clinch the medal and award his talents so richly deserve this year, even amongst those outside of Galway. Ever since bursting on to the scene as a teenager and announcing himself as a hurling powerhouse on the senior stage, Canning has endeared himself to hurling fans the length and breadth of Ireland with stunning skill littered amongst amazing performances for the healthy part of a decade now.
The Portumna star knows what it feels like to be in a losing post All-Ireland final dressing room all too well, which made this year’s triumph, the county’s first since 1988, the same year Joe was born, all the sweeter.
Tubridy probed Canning on many subjects in an interview which ranged from his personal life to tales from the 29-year-old’s hurling memoir to date.
When asked if he wished as a top level hurler that he was a professional sportsman, Joe had a certain reposonse. Without doubt, the Hurler Of The Year wishes he was a professional hurler. However, he also stresses that the GAA being an amateur association and hurling being an amateur game is just something he must accept.
Check out that segment of the interview in the clip below:
— RTE One (@RTEOne) December 15, 2017
Canning went on to detail his work with UNICEF later in the interview. You can find more information, and donate, here.
— Joe Canning (@JoeyCan88) December 16, 2017