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Oisin McConville hopes to have recipe for All-Ireland glory

He is best known for his skills on the pitch, but former Armagh GAA star Oisin McConville is fast earning a reputation for himself in the kitchen.

Despite being a self-confessed novice when it comes to cooking, the All-Ireland medal winner has made it into the final of Celebrity MasterChef Ireland.

And nobody was more surprised than Oisin himself, who told the Belfast Telegraph: "I don't know how I am still there, but I am.

"First of all, I am so happy (to get through) and then I realise it means I have to cook again," he quipped.

"But of course the initial reaction is delight to get through."

Oisin, who impressed judge Robin Gill with the "beautiful caramelisation" on his classic steak dish in last night's episode of the Tv3 show, said the pressure had intensified each week. But he agreed his experiences on the GAA field have helped him cope.

"You can do as much preparation as you want, but if you don't perform in 70 minutes, all that preparation is pointless so when the pressure did come on in the kitchen, nine times out of 10 I was able to perform," he said.

Oisin will now face actor and TV presenter Simon Delaney and former Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh in next week's final.

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