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One man travelled almost 400km to become Park-Ratheniska hurling hero

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Ask not what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club.

If you’re a GAA player, booking holidays at this time of year can be a tricky business. But Park-Ratheniska hurler John Holohan cut his summer break short last Friday, drove half the length of the country and scored 10 points to keep them from being relegated to Junior ‘A’ at the weekend.

‘Hoolie’ cut his holidays three days short and travelled from Malin Head to Timahoe to line out at corner-forward for Park-Ratheniska in their intermediate relegation battle with Portlaoise on Friday last, August 18.

He put in a man of the match performance, scoring a phenomenal 10 points, five from frees and five from play. He also had a huge role in Park’s crucial goal as he set Denis Brennan up with a brilliant pass.

Park-Ratheniska manager Martin Langton said, “We were very lucky to get John back for the match. He was meant to come home Monday but came back down the road for Friday night.

“He’s a very dedicated player. He works in St Luke’s hospital in Kilkenny and travels up three nights a week to train in both hurling and football,” said Martin.

John Holohan

John, who is originally from Ballingarry in Tipperary transferred to Park/Ratheniska three years ago while working in Droimnín Nursing Home in Stradbally.

John met staunch Park-Ratheniska man Jack Nolan and has been involved with the club since then.

Park-Ratheniska will now stay up in the intermediate hurling championship for next year and their attention now turns to the Junior football championship. Beaten in last year’s final, they are one of the favourites for that grade and can secure their place in the quarter-finals this week with a win over The Heath.

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