King Henry to hit new heights at Croke Park

LEGENDARY Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin will scale new heights at Croke Park this summer, when he takes to the roof of the Hogan Stand to carry the Olympic torch.

LEGENDARY Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin will scale new heights at Croke Park this summer, when he takes to the roof of the Hogan Stand to carry the Olympic torch.

The famous Ballyhale man has been chosen by the GAA to represent the organisation in carrying the Olympic torch at Croke Park this summer. But, for once, he will be on unfamiliar ground at Headquarters when he runs not onto the pitch - but across the roof of the Hogan Stand.

A new walkway is currently being constructed atop the famous stand, for the purposes of ‘rooftop walking tours’ that the GAA is hoping to offer as part of the Croke Park experience. Some 35m above ground, Shefflin will be among the first to experience the view from on high.

The Olympic Council gave the GAA just one nomination to bear the flame when it makes a stop-off at Dublin on June 6.

The Kilkenny man is the most-decorated hurler of the modern era. As an eight-time All-Ireland winner and possessor of 10 All-Star awards, his selection will be contested by no one.

Shefflin, who is currently recuperating from shoulder surgery, is expected to be back in action for the Cats in time for the opening game of the Championship later the same month.