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Why the O'Byrne Cup this weekend means so much to the remarkable Paudge McWalter
Few players will be looking forward to the O’Byrne Cup as keenly as Paudge McWalter. The Wicklow man will don the county jersey since 2010 after a horrific knee injury.

Few players will be looking forward to the O’Byrne Cup as keenly as Paudge McWalter. The Wicklow man will don the county jersey since 2010 after a horrific knee injury.

By Declan Whooley

The early season GAA competitions will be relatively low-key as managers look to blood in new players ahead of the league and championship, but for Paudge McWalter it is a significant weekend. The 29 year-old’s last appearance for the Garden County was the Championship clash with Carlow two years ago where he suffered a terrible knee injury – the picture below says it all.

McWalter spent 12 weeks in a cast and there were fears that the St. Patrick’s clubman may never play football again.  His knee is still pinned with metal and has gone on to make a full recovery. He has already returned to action for his club and on Sunday he will line out against the students of DCU at Greystones.

Pic credit: Facebook/HoganStand

It is a fantastic recovery from the former League of Ireland UCD player and we wish him all the best on his return to action.

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