Roscommon minor football captain Eoin Colleran hates the uncertainty, but he still believes that his team’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry will be played.
The Rossies haven’t tasted action since their St. Stephen’s Day victory against Sligo — a match that was played in the worst conditions imaginable as Storm Bella battered the country.
Between the Leaving Cert and the GAA, the pandemic has thrown Eoin’s schedule out of kilter, but he still counts himself fortunate. He remains focussed on his goals in life. He accepts that others haven’t been so lucky.
“A lot of my friends are finding it very tough. They don’t have access to a GAA pitch because they’re all closed. Going for a 5k run or kicking the ball around in the garden isn’t the same for them. A lot of young footballers have ended up quitting over the last year. You have to try and keep doing it to stay interested. You have to keep asking yourself why you’re doing it and why you love this game?
“Life has been tough, and when it is you just have to stop and think about your friends and family, and all the people who have got you to where you are as a person and a footballer. Sometimes it will be painful in life, or on the pitch. But pain is only temporary, victory lasts forever. Even as something as simple as looking at a family photo, it will put a smile on your face.
“A lot of people I know have been through mental health issues. You have to expect that with no socialising or no sport. You feel for those people. So, it’s up to the people who aren’t going through that to be there for them, helping them out and pulling them through. What’s on the other side is worth fighting for. We’re all in the same boat and we just need to be there for one another,” he explained.
*Read Eoin Colleran’s full interview with Ian Cooney only in next Tuesday’s Roscommon Herald.