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# late bloomer

This year
'He wasn’t this prodigy coming up the ranks. He had to earn the Big Joe title'
All time
'He said to my dad he thought I'd get 50 caps for Leinster. I thought he was mad'
‘It was a nice surprise to be involved in the squad when it got announced’
Stuart McCloskey aiming to make the most of his rare chance with Ireland
Beirne on his man of match award: 'I said to Will, they thought I was you'
From starting football at 14 to becoming a central Cork figure with the medicine to succeed
'You don’t really know if you’re good enough until you’re in there'
'Massive honour' for Coughlan as he crashes the Irish scene late