O'Keeffe switches focus to semi-final stage

July 10, 2019

Wexford's Diarmuid O'Keeffe.
©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

The celebrations have been put on hold in Wexford as Diarmuid O’Keeffe and his team-mates switch their focus to an All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash against Tipperary or Laois.

The Model County captured the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the first time in 15 years at Kilkenny’s expense and celebrated accordingly.

Speaking to GAA.ie after picking up the PWC/GPA Hurler of the Month for June award today, the 27-year-old midfielder recalled: “The scenes in Gorey were something unreal.

“Everyone was out on the street. The main street on Gorey is 700 or 800 metres long and it possibly took us an hour to get through it. It was just crazy.

“We went through Ferns and Enniscorthy, Oilgate as well, it was probably a little bit later in the night so it was a bit quieter but there was still plenty of people out. It was great to be part of it.

“When you don't win something for so long and then you do get a bit of silverware, it important to enjoy it. Some of the younger guys like Conor McDonald and Rory [O'Connor] would have Leinster U21 medals but the likes of us haven't any medals to show for it.

“I'd recovered by Monday evening. We got Tuesday out of it as well, Davy [Fitzgerald] was very good to us. It was back to training on Thursday. While we really enjoyed it at the time, it's time to leave that to the side for the moment.”

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