July 17, 2024

A Kilkenny Valentine’s Day tale: Why Henry Shefflin’s father-in-law did not cheer for their match

HENRY Shefflin would never have married his wife Deirdre if she had listened to her father. He was worried their courtship might interfere with Henry’s hurling.

“I told my mother that I had met Henry,” she recalled. “And when I told my father, he said: You stay away from him, he has a busy year ahead of him’.”

The couple have been talking about their home life to RSVP magazine.

With the pair both coming from big families, it’s no surprise they went on to have five children after tying the knot in 2007. Though Deirdre, a former Miss Kilkenny, joked: “We never planned to have one child never mind five.”

Confirming the worst fears of Deirdre’s’s father, Henry said they never let GAA get in the way of their relationship. But he needn’t have worried. King Henry went on to amass a record 10 All-Ireland medals, and this year he has led his club Ballyhale Shamrocks to the All-Ireland senior club hurling championship in his first season as coach.

Henry told the magazine: “We loved each other, we were attracted to one another and we wanted to be together, so we just worked around things. Deirdre played camogie herself and her family was immersed in hurling just like most others in Kilkenny”


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