Last Sunday Bray Emmets captured Wicklow Senior Hurling title denying Glenealy an amazing 3 in a Row but the Senior Hurling County Finals are not over for every Bray hurler as on Sunday at 2:30pm one County Wicklow man will be taking the field in McHale Park, Castlebar in the hope of firing his Castlebar Mitchels side to a first Mayo Senior Hurling Title since 1955 as they take on the mighty 3 in a row seeking Tooreen who are looking to win a whopping 30th Mayo Senior Hurling title. That man is none other than Corey Schahill who headed West in 2007 and has forged a fantastic hurling career at both club and inter county level in Mayo.
A very lethal forward who has lined out for the Mayo Senior Hurlers even playing and bagging a goal against his native Wicklow with the best of defenders Warren Kavanagh marking him and was also a prominent player on a very useful U.L college side. Scahill is a key player in Castlebar’s attempt to dethrone Tooreen on Sunday with many of the Mayo contacts we spoke to saying what an immense talent the former Bray man is. We asked the man himself a few questions ahead of Sundays big game:
We spoke to Corey who will be a key figure in the Castlebar attack about how he came to be hurling on the Mayo Senior Hurling Team and taking the field in Sunday’s Mayo Senior Hurling County Final:
I moved down here in 2007, I never played hurling with a club until I moved down here. I dabbled a bit in St Cronan’s in P.E with Mr O’Murchu a Cork man, that was in fifth class. It was kind of a way of making friends down here I guess, in first year in school a lad in my class played and because of him I started playing.
When asked about the prospect of him lining out for Wicklow in the future Scahill had this to say and we need to get working on a plan to lure him back East:
I’m not sure that would be a realistic possibility as I’ve settled in my life out west, but certainly if I ever did relocate I would get in involved in hurling wherever I go.
Would you know or keep in touch with any of the lads in Bray who won the Wicklow Senior Hurling at the weekend?
I do actually, not too much but I would talk to Mark Lennon and Luke Maloney and Cian O Byrne from time to time
What’s the club standard like in Mayo? We would know from the outside that Tooreen have been a big powerhouse over the years.
Standard is fairly level across the four clubs that’s there! Tooreen and Ballyhaunis were a step above ourselves and Westport a few years ago but we have been knocking on the door last couple of years. Westport have really picked it up also in the last two years.
We would like to wish Corey and Castlebar all the best on Sunday and hopefully we can have another more in depth article on a County Final win for Castlebar Mitchel’s.