Mayo footballer Aidan O'Shea makes return to basketball
November 03, 2016
Mayo footballing star Aidan OâShea has made a return to the basketball court this week after a seven-year break.
The 26-year-old, who played with St Declanâs basketball club in Dublin until 2009 and also played Schoolsâ basketball in Castlebar, was looking forward to returning to the court with his new club, Ej Sligo All-Stars.
âI havenât played since my first year in college, but Iâm looking forward to training," he said. "I asked the coach Shane [OâMeara] about joining the team last year and Iâve been thinking about it ever since. This winter is probably one of the first times Iâve a couple of months to myself, and Iâve time now to be able to train with them."
Indeed, Ej Sligo All-Stars have a long history with Mayo GAA, with O'Shea being the third footballing hero to walk through their doors, following in the footsteps of Ronan McGarrity and Liam McHale.
"Iâm not nervous about going back - though Ronan is here too so Iâm sure thereâll be a lot of slagging! Iâm really happy to be back but I donât have any great expectations of myself - I'll just see how it goes."
"I might rope a few more of the Mayo lads into it too, football skills transfer very well over to basketball so I might get a few more to Sligo - you never know!â he finished.
Also speaking about the news, Head Coach Shane OâMeara stated: âWeâre delighted to have Aidan on board, heâs a great athlete and thereâs been a great buzz around the gym here for his first training session. Sligo is a big sporting county, so itâs great for the young basketball players here - who also love GAA - to see one of the big heroes of the game coming down here and shooting some baskets. Weâre really looking forward to seeing him in action over the coming months.â