CHRISTY O'CONNOR is a freelance journalist based in Ennis, Co. Clare. He formerly worked as sports correspondent in the Dublin newspaper industry. He is also a goalkeeper who played in two All-Ireland club hurling finals and he was a member of the Clare senior hurling panel for four years.
What is it that makes a hurling goalie tick? Why would anybody be mad enough to take the loneliest position on the pitch? With unique access to many of Ireland's top players, Christy O'Connor reveals their drive, failures and triumphs.