Former Kilkenny hurler Peter Chap Cleere says it took him a while to tell his friends and family that he had been dropped from the county panel as he felt very embarrassed about it.
The hurler turned councillor and mayor has been speaking about his career to KCLR and about the phone call from Brian Cody back in 2007 to relieve him of his services with the county side.
Speaking on The Clash Act Podcast on Scoreline. ie, he says he would have preferred to be told the news in person.
“I think it was two or three games before I told anyone in the club or any of my family, I just couldn’t, I was mortified and embarrassed, now you look back at it you say “jesus”, but at the time I was (thinking) I let everyone down,” said Peter.
Asked about whether he felt it was a harsh thing to do he said:
“I definitely felt a little bit cheated that you give to years of our life and you get a 70 or 80-second phone call, I would have preferred if he said it to me face to face, I’ll put it that way to you” he added.
In the podcast, he also talks about:
- His club career at underage grade
- The move into ‘adult’ hurling
- Getting suspended for a county final
- Playing Interfirm hurling
- Peter’s Inter-county career with Kilkenny
- Getting dropped by Brian Cody
- Club getting refused amalgamation
- What next for Kilkenny hurling
- His greatest hurling memory
Listen back to the podcast below.