Hurling the best sport in the world to watch, says Keane

Give a guess what Roy Keane’s favourite sport is?

No it’s not the one that’s made him famous. The Corkman has named hurling as the game that, above all others, he would watch.

“I still think the best sport to watch is hurling,” he said in an interview with the Irish Guide Dogs annual magazine, Guidelines which you can download on or buy by calling 1850 506300.

“My career is focused on soccer but I have great admiration for GAA players. If I had a chance to watch any game in the world tomorrow I would go to a hurling match. I’ve been to the Super Bowl, Formula 1 racing, Champions League matches, but the All-Ireland is up there with all of them as a great occasion.”

Surprisingly he confirmed that a question on whether his dogs or football were his priorities he kicked to touch admitting that was one the of the toughest questions of his career.

“I’m going to have to pass on that. That’s the toughest question I’ve had in the 20-odd years I’ve been a professional.

“When I’m out walking my dogs I’m really at ease with myself. The health benefits are huge; they’re good for my health, good for my head. Having a dog in your house makes it a home,” he said.

While Keane admitted in the Best Of Enemies documentary with Patrick Vieira last week that he was driven as a youngster by the motivation to get out of Cork, he also confirmed that it will always be his home.

“I’ve lived in Manchester longer than I lived in Cork but Cork is my home. But I’m also grateful – Manchester has been good to me; England has been good to me. It has given me a career and a life and my kids were born there.

“Manchester people remind me a bit like Cork people; I like their humour. I think people, generally, are straight up with you. I do like Manchester but Cork is my home.”


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