We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 12:36 | 12/2/18

Dowling "crying in the car" after injury setback


Limerick forward Shane Dowling says he was "crying in the car" last week after suffering what he feared was a major setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

The Na Piarsaigh clubman suffered a knee ligament injury in the Limerick senior hurling final against Kilmallock in October, but returned to club action in Saturday's All-Ireland 3-15 to 3-08 senior hurling semi-final victory over Ulster champions Slaughtneil.

Dowling's return to form is good news for Limerick hurling boss John Kiely, whose side face Dublin at the Gaelic Grounds in Allianz Leagues Division 1B on Saturday, live on eir Sport 1 [throw in 7pm], but the 24-year-old admits he feared the worst after suffering a setback in his recovery earlier this week.

"This day last week [Saturday, 3 February] I broke down in tears in Na Piarsaigh after doing a warm-up," he told the Limerick Leader.

"The knee just didn't take it. All credit to [surgeon] Tadgh O'Sullivan, who saw me Monday afternoon with very short notice and told me what it was and what I needed to do.

"I don't know would I be here today if it wasn't for him. 

"This day last week I was crying going home in the car while everyone else was still playing a match - it's amazing what a week can do. I am just delighted to get back on the field of play."

Dowling, a second-half substititute at Parnell Park, scored a brilliant goal for the 2016 All-Ireland champions just minutes into his return with an over-the-shoulder hooked finish after nicking the ball off Slaughtneil goalkeeper Oisin O'Doherty.

"It was great that it worked out," he continued.

"I might not get all the credit that I deserve for my work-rate on the field so that's something that I am conscious of and I could see him [O'Doherty] slowing down and you take your chance.

”One in 10 chance is all that you might get and thankfully I got that today.

"Look at the pitch - when I went to rise that ball I could have made a divot in the pitch but it just popped up and went in a millimetre from the crossbar - you need that bit of luck and thankfully we got it."

eir Sport has live and exclusive coverage of 17 Saturday matches in the 2018 Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues. Coverage continues on Saturday, 17 February with 2016 All-Ireland winners Tipperary hosting Wexford at Semple Stadium in hurling's Division 1A [live on eir Sport 2, throw in 7pm], and Limerick facing Dublin at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick in Division 1B [live on eir Sport 1, throw-in 7pm].

Image: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

eir Sport channels are available across the eir Vision, Sky and Vodafone TV platforms as well as on the eir Sport app. All 7 channels in the eir Sport pack are available for free if you are a residential eir broadband customer

Cluxton overlooked as Dublin dominate All-Stars

07:49 | 1/11/18

All-Ireland Champions Dublin dominate the 2018 All-Star football team with seven but goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton has been overlooked once again.


O'Sullivan announces Kerry retirement

13:43 | 16/10/18

Former Kerry captain Darran O'Sullivan has announced his retirement from inter-county football.


Dublin open title defence on the road

14:45 | 12/10/18

All-Ireland champions Dublin will begin the defence of their senior football title against either Louth or Wexford.


Keane ratified as Kerry manager

08:32 | 9/10/18

Peter Keane is to take charge of the Kerry senior footballers, succeeding Eamonn Fitzmaurice.


Tyrone need fast start against Dublin, says McManus

13:32 | 28/8/18

Tyrone need to make a strong start against Dublin in Sunday's All-Ireland SFC final, according to Monaghan forward Conor McManus.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.