Eanna displays true dedication
WE ARE well aware of the time and effort involved in being an inter-county player in any code, but Eanna Martin took it to a new level on the day the Wexford Senior hurlers lost heavily to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park.
The New Ross native is still lining out at club level with Sarsfields of Riverstown and Glanmire in Cork, even though he has changed jobs and is now based in Dublin.
He replaced Andrew Shore for the last eight minutes against the Cats, but there was no time for mulling over the outcome once the final whistle sounded.
Eanna had to make a hectic dash from Noreside to Leeside as his club had a vital Senior championship clash that evening versus Bishopstown.
And the day at least had a happy ending for this dedicated sportsman as he lined out at centre-back and his adopted team advanced to the next round, with another Wexfordman, Eoin Quigley, also figuring prominently.
Given the circumstances, many observers in the know were somewhat surprised when Martin was brought on in Kilkenny considering that the game was well and truly up at that stage.
However, I'm sure it meant a great deal to him to play in those closing minutes, especially given his strong family links with The Rower-Inistioge.