by Henry Shefflin

 

My greatest fear is about my family not being healthy and well. I have had a touch of that fear and it’s something I never want to experience again.

My current state of mind is one of contentment. I’m very happy in my personal and professional life.

I’m happiest when all the kids are gone to bed and I can have a cup of tea in peace and quiet.

My greatest achievements in life are my children and beautiful wife. Sporting wise it has to be 2012. To do that All-Ireland at 33 years of age surpassed any of my dreams.

If I could add an element of talent it would be to improve the fast twitch fibres in my ankles. I was always jealous of lads with the sharp injection of pace. I wasn’t so bad once I got going but it took a couple of strides.

If money’s no object, my favourite past time or occupation would be to own my own business and have good people running it to ensure we can go on plenty of sun holidays.

If I were to give any advice to a classroom of kids it would be to practice, practice, practice the skills of the game.

Leinster Hurling Championship Kilkenny 12/6/2005 DJ Carey Mandatory Credit © INPHO/Billy Stickland | Henry Shefflin | The Sports Chronicle

Leinster Hurling Championship Kilkenny 12/6/2005 DJ Carey Mandatory Credit © INPHO/Billy Stickland

My sporting heroes were DJ Carey and Liam Fennelly but I was a 1990s child so Paul McGrath was the man back then. We ended up with the same knobbly knees.

Republic of Ireland | Paul McGrath © James Meehan\INPHO Henry Shefflin | The Sports Chronicle

Republic of Ireland | Paul McGrath © James MeehanINPHO

If I could only listen to one song… I’m a Tom Petty fan. Something nice and smooth. I Won’t Back Down.

My favourite place would have to be Rome. The Vatican City is an amazing place.

 

Henry,

June 2018.

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