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Setanta Ó hAilpín rules out GAA return saying he will stay in Australia

Updated: Friday, 23 Nov 2012 11:32 | Comments

Setanta Ó hAilpín: 'I really love Australia. It's given me a lot' Ó hAilpín was injured in his first game for the Giants last May but has signed a new contract, which will see him through the 2013 season
Setanta Ó hAilpín: 'I really love Australia. It's given me a lot' Ó hAilpín was injured in his first game for the Giants last May but has signed a new contract, which will see him through the 2013 season

Setanta Ó hAilpín has ruled out a return to GAA, saying that he will stay in Australia when his Aussie Rules career is over.

The former Young Hurler of the Year, currently playing with GWS Giants in western Sydney, told the Irish Examiner: “When I finish football, I won't be going home anyway. I really love Australia. It's given me a lot. I see this place as my home now. It's a great place.

"One day, I'd like to get married and have kids and I'd like to raise a family here.”

He added: "Especially with the recession back home the way it's going."

“When I finish football, I won't be going home anyway" - Setanta Ó hAilpín

Ó hAilpín, who made 80 appearances with Carlton between 2005 to 2011, won a hurling All-Star award in 2003, in the year that Cork lost an All-Ireland final to Kilkenny.

The 29-year-old added: "When I finish football I would like to continue to work with the Giants, maybe in the welfare area.

"Coming from my background, having left home as a young man to come to a new culture, I think I can help younger players who might be coming here to play football.

"Any young kid in Ireland, if they get the opportunity to play professional sport, they should grab it with both hands.”

Ó hAilpín's brother, Seán Óg, retired from inter-county hurling at the start of this month. 

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