O’ Moore men see Laois legend depart

O’ Moore men see Laois legend depart

By Evan Treacy

Cahir Healy to line out for St. Brendans in London 

Cahir Healy has been a pivotal part of Portlaoise football and hurling squads throughout the years. Indeed if you polled supporters of ‘The Town’ they’d have Cahir in their best-ever side in both codes. The dual-star has now came to the sad, but perhaps inevitable, decision to fully dedicate the remainder of his playing days to London club St Brendans.

“Near the end, I started to feel like I wasn’t contributing anymore. I had a few knee injuries the past few seasons so I was missing games and training. I wasn’t around. 

 “Most of my friends I grew up with playing were still on the team, so when I came home, I didn’t feel like a stranger. Near the end though, I did feel like I wasn’t contributing. In the end, it wasn’t the same.”  

A defiant Cahir Healy leading his county by example as always. 📷Irish Mirror

“I’m looking forward to training with the team I’m playing with. I missed that a lot with Portlaoise and Laois, being around my team-mates during the week.  

The primary school teacher who has been located across the water for the last 10 years has put an incredible amount of dedication into both his football and hurling and was a stalwart on Laois inter-county teams in both Gaelic Football and Hurling.

2021 dawns with sad realisation we won’t see a true legend of Laois GAA stride across the pitch at O’ Moore Park anymore in the green and white of his beloved Portlaoise or the blue and white of Laois. 📷 Evan Treacy Photography

St Brendans which was founded in 1956 has appeared in 8 Senior London finals and have won 3 of those 8. With a current lockdown in place, it is unclear when Cahir will take to the field but when it does it will be one occasion that will be watched by followers of both codes. Speaking to RTEs Game Radio Show he said  

“If either of the London county teams wanted me, I’ll certainly play with them if they call. With regards to training, it will remain the same. It’s the travelling at the weekend. 

“It will be nice to relax after work on a Friday and not rush to the airport.”