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Elite GAA players enjoy perks of success

By John Campbell

We are living in recessionary times but there are still considerable perks on offer to the GAA’s elite players.

Down may not have any silverware to show for one of the most exciting years in their history but their players have just returned from a hugely enjoyable week-long holiday in New York.

And tomorrow some of them will be taking to the skies again when they jet out with the Vodafone Allstars team to Kuala Lumpur.

The Alllstars team, which will be under the baton of Cork boss Conor Counihan, will leave from Dublin Airport on their safari which will last for a week.

While in Kuala Lumpur, they will fulfil a special fixture against the 2009 Allstars team.

Down boss James McCartan, who last night attended the launch of his father James senior’s new book in the Canal Court Hotel Newry, revealed that the Mourne squad had “a terrific time” in the US.

“Obviously the world is the oyster for top GAA players right now but they deserve all the perks they get. These players apply themselves very hard to help their clubs and counties over the course of the year,” said McCartan.

And while the majority of McCartan’s players will remain on terra firma for the foreseeable future the Cork All Ireland winning squad will be heading off to South Africa on December 28th.

“Obviously to be going to Kuala Lumpur in November and South Africa in December is tremendous but we will be getting back to basics on the training ground on January 13. It’s every player’s dream to win an All Ireland medal and while the present Cork squad came good this year, you can be sure that they will be very keen to retain ‘Sam’ in 2011,” said Counihan who will be in charge for the next two years and he was given a rousing reception when the Cork squad received their medals in the Rochestown Park Hotel.

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