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Niall Madine: Living in New York through the Covid-19 pandemic is very scary, especially after my girlfriend had the virus

 

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Niall Madine.

Niall Madine.

Niall Madine in action for his native Down in 2014.

Niall Madine in action for his native Down in 2014.

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Niall Madine.

At the start of lockdown throughout the country, Sunday Life Sport introduced a new series with Armagh All-Ireland winner and Crossmaglen legend Oisin McConville chatting with 11 of the biggest names in the sport.

Today is Oisin's 11th and final guest in the series. Oisin wanted to get a sense of what it's like to be an Irish GAA star in America, so he caught up with Niall Madine. Niall takes the subway to work every day in New York, where he now lives, but in another life he would be in Saval getting ready for club championship action and the Ulster Championship with Paddy Tally's Down side.

Singled out from an early age for his strength and ability to score, not to mention his versatility, he was exactly what Down needed and he flourished in the role of target man and as a perfect foil for the great Benny Coulter. However, he required work and ended up in New York, where he has made a new life for himself.