Corcoran: I’ve no plans to retire yet

NO PLANS to retire: that’s the official word from Cork’s Brian Corcoran.

Speaking after a training session with his club Erin’s Own in Caherlag last night, in preparation for this Sunday’s county senior hurling final against Cloyne, Corcoran was adamant. “People are talking retirement but to me it’s about this Sunday, a county final, and if we win that, there’s at least one more match this year.

“If we win that, God knows where it will take us. But it’s Sunday at the moment, that’s as far as I’m looking.

“I see Tony O’Keeffe out there in training, and okay, he’s not on the team, but he’s flying, at 38 (Brian is 33). Look at Phillip Cahill for Cloyne on Sunday, he’s 40 or 41, looks as strong and fit as ever. It just shows, if you’re willing to put in the effort it’s possible to stay fit.”

The day after this year’s All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny, denying Cork the three-in-a-row, Brian spoke of the difficulty of facing back into hurling; in the event, it didn’t take long.

“I took a week off after that, wasn’t in much humour for anything. The Sunday after that final was my first time back, we went up to Ennis to play Clarinbridge in a challenge. Once you got back into it then, there was a county championship to be played. Losing an All-Ireland final is a huge disappointment, but life moves on and you have to move with it.”

It begins with the club, ends with the club. Listening to Corcoran — a two-time hurler of the year — speak of his love for Erin’s Own, however, of what another county senior title would mean, you understand.

“It’s a different thing to the All-Ireland, but when you look around, at some of the older guys especially, this is their All-Ireland. You want to do it for yourself but you want to do it for them also. 14 years is a long time to wait for another title (Erin’s Own won their first in 1992), it would be great to help the young lads reach their potential.

“I was born across the road here, brought up in this field, spent most of my childhood inside these gates. To bring another senior title back would be fantastic. 14 years is a long time, but I remember that day very well.

“I was only 19, and it didn’t hit me ‘til I saw grown men, bawling their eyes out, hugging each other, fellas who had brought the club up from junior in the 70s, intermediate in the 80s. Winning the county senior in ‘92 was the pinnacle, but they laid the foundations. 14 years on, it would be great to repeat that, and I’m sure those fellas would be in tears again.”

In the meantime, does all that talk of retirement bother him? “No, it doesn’t worry me. ! To be honest, I’ve never been pushed into decisions by other people, and it’s not going to happen now. I’ll go when I think it’s time.”

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