By Cian O’Connell
Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy fondly recalls his teenage years. Handball was occupying a central role in his life and the weekends spent away learning about the game in the company of the totemic Michael ‘Ducksy’ Walsh proved to be time well spent.
Valuable lessons were learned, tips given, and it wasn’t long before McCarthy started delivering on the national and world stage.
That was always the intended destination, but the journey was never short on stories or interesting tales. So McCarthy is delighted to continue making an impact.
Saturday’s Croke Park 60x30 encounter with Eoin Kennedy is the latest addition to a rivalry that remains keenly contested. The respect between the pair is mutual with McCarthy acknowledging Kennedy’s influence.