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Gay sex film GAA star Cathal McCarron set to return to the big stage

By Staff Reporter

Published 16/05/2015

Tyrone star Cathal McCarron is in the team for tomorrow’s Ulster Championship clash with Donegal
Tyrone star Cathal McCarron is in the team for tomorrow’s Ulster Championship clash with Donegal

A Tyrone GAA footballer who appeared in a gay sex video will be back in the spotlight when he returns to championship action tomorrow.

Cathal McCarron is in the team for the Ulster SFC preliminary round clash with Donegal.

It is his highest-profile game since making his county comeback earlier this year after well-documented personal problems.

The 27-year-old made headlines after appearing in a sex video on a pay-per-view website.

McCarron has also struggled with a serious gambling addiction.

However, friends say he is trying to leave his troubles behind and focus on getting his GAA career back on track.

A GAA source said: "Cathal is trying to move away from all of this.

"He's a talented footballer and he wants to get back to concentrating on football and doing well with Tyrone."

The source added there was "no question" that supporters were delighted to see him back in action for the side.

McCarron was subjected to a torrent of homophobic abuse after the explicit film emerged online last April.

The video, which was entitled 'Masculine straight Irishman's first gay sex video', showed him with another man.

In the video, the player states: "There's not much opportunity to do this in Ireland."

He also says: "I play football, so I'm full-time getting naked in front of all the boys."

The footage was posted on a well-known pornography site where straight men are convinced to engage in sex acts in exchange for money.

At the time McCarron was living in London, trying to make a fresh start after struggling with a gambling addiction.

He later returned to Ireland and went into rehab after news of the sex video emerged in the media.

McCarron returned to football last July, when he was introduced as a substitute in a London club championship game.

Last November Tyrone announced he would be returning to the county panel.

He made his comeback in January in a Dr McKenna Cup game against Armagh.

At the time Tyrone manager Mickey Harte said McCarron had made good progress since rejoining the panel.

"Yeah, he's absolutely great," he added. "We've seen him since he came back to join us in training. He's in great form and great shape.

"He is a very good defender, and for not having played football for so long at that level, he adapted very quickly."

However, tomorrow's Championship meeting with Donegal is McCarron's biggest game yet.

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