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Saturday 20 December 2014

Noel Gallagher gave up GAA for 'drink, drugs and birds'

Former Oasis star Noell Gallagher makes a welcome return to Dublin
Noel Gallagher of the British band Oasis performs during their concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher returned to Dublin’s Croke Park this week almost 30 years after his GAA football-playing days which he abandoned for the lure of “birds, smoking, drinking and drugs”.

The 45-year-old rocker used to play hurling for his local team Oisin’s - Manchester champions - but were trounced when they played against an Irish team in Croker.

“We came over here to play an Irish team and we got leathered. We all played. I enjoyed it at the time. I was still at school then,” he said.

But he conceded: “Quite quickly after school was when smoking and drinking and birds and drugs take over. Football goes out the window then, doesn’t it?”

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