NOT many Gaelic footballers of the present generation would have the commitment to play at the top level to the age of 40, but in Niall Cahalane, Cork has a man who defied all logic.
Born in Castlehaven near Skibbereen he has been involved at his local club for over 50 years winning his first medal at the age of seven.
Niall’s longevity in top-class football can be put down in part to starting to play senior football for his club at the age of 17.
“Thankfully we won the replay and looking back to be captain of my club to win that final was a dream come true.”
It was Senior All Ireland number two the following year when Cork defeated Meath in another thrilling final as the pure artistry of Cahalane was recognised with All-Stars in 1987 and 1988.
“We are living in difficult times as the youth of today go through the motions of life and looking back, my father (John) and mother (Maureen) enjoyed the simple things in life and were very proud of the service I gave to Cork football just the same as I am of my own kids.”
A successful businessman in the word of auctioneering the way Cahalane speaks about the sport and his family epitomises the true gentleman he really is whose contribution to the Cork football will never be forgotten.
Niall Cahalane won his first medal with Castlehaven at the age of seven.
He captained Castlehaven to defeat Skibbereen in the Cork Senior Football Championship final of 1994 before an estimated crowd of 32,000.
Cahalane received football All-Stars in 1987 and 1988.
He was on the Cork Senior Football team that won the 1989 and 1990 All-Irelands.