The last few weeks have been difficult ones for Waterford centre-back, Tadhg de Burca after he was sent off in the All-Ireland SHC Quarter-final win over Wexford in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. After two appeals processes within in the GAA failed to overturn his red card, he was before the independent Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) on Thursday night in a last ditch attempt to be available to face Cork in last Sunday’s semi-final in Croke Park. The verdict, that he had failed in his appeal, was not delivered till after 1am on Friday night but while other players may have let it get them down and felt sorry for themselves, the Clashmore-Kinsalebeg man showed all his class the next morning.
Despite not getting home until 3.10am from Dublin, Tadhg, a Cúl Camp ambassador, wasn’t going to let his young fans down; despite the bitter disappointment he felt at missing out on Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final against Cork, he turned up eight hours later at the Rathgormack Cúl Camp.
Both himself and fellow Waterford player, Patrick Curran, who is pictured, are Cúl Camp Ambassadors at the Waterford GAA Kellogg’s Cúl Camps. They were happy to pose with young Susan Murray from Rathgormack, who broke her hand the day before, but was in attendance on Friday morning hoping to see her Waterford hurling heroes. She wasn’t disappointed. Tadhg de Burca showing that he is a class act on and off the field. He now has an All-Ireland Final to look forward to with the rest of Waterford on September 3. Thanks to Noel Browne for the photograph.