John Callinan To Play, To Live.


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In 1972, still a boy at 17 years of age, John Callinan played for the Clare minor, under-21 and senior teams in the championship. It was a summer when he set off on a journey in blue and gold that would last 15 years.

To Play, To Live is the story of daydreaming but always believing, and forever cherishing every single moment on the hurling field - the greatest days and the heart-breaking days.

For John Callinan it was always about 'the game' and 'the team' - whether he was on that team or not! He completed his hurling carrer with two All Star awards (1979 and 1981), two National League medals (19977/'78) and three Railway Cup triupmhs. He also fought for two decades with Clarecastle as his home parish, chased ultimate glory before the Magpies at last were crowned champions of Clare (1986/'87).

To Play, To Live is the story of love, courage and joy for a game that was never quenched, never dimmed.

John Callinan is a solicitor, based in Ennis, Co. Clare.

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