With the news this week that Cork’s Ciaran Sheehan will join AFL side Carlton Blues in January, TheCity.ie looks at some of the top Gaelic footballers who made it down under, as well as some of those who didn’t adapt to the new game.
Those who made it
And those that didn’t
Sheehan (22) becomes Carlton’s third Irish player, joining Zach Touhy and 19-year-old Ciaran Byrne of Louth, who only signed for the AFL side in August. The Eire Og mans abdication is yet another blow for Cork’s senior footballers, who having already lost manager Conor Counihan earlier this year will be without stalwarts Graham Canty and Pearse O’Neill for the 2014 season after both announced their retirements last week.