Richie Power: A hurling star adjusts to life after the ball

Richie Power won eight All-Irelands in 11 years with the Kilkenny hurlers, before his time on the panel was brutally cut short by a bad knee injury. Here, he reflects on the pain of discovering he would never hurl again, and how he reshaped his life accordingly

Richie Power: ‘Brian [Cody] would have always kind of pushed me. I suppose he saw potential in me.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

The crowd at Walsh Park for the National Hurling League game between Waterford and Kilkenny on Valentine’s Day 2016 was estimated to be 6,000. One man among that number was keen to avoid 5,998 of them.

Richie Power was not in a place to meet his fellow Kilkenny supporters. The eight-time All-Ireland winner was just 30 years old, but had been told not long previously that his playing days were finished.

So, as the others ...