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Former Irish Squash Champ Rooney Still Haunted By Being Forced To Quit

Wednesday 4 April 2018


From Irish newspaper the Connacht Tribune:


John Rooney
Former Irish squad champion John Rooney
at Galway Lawn Tennis Club.

Former Irish squash champ Rooney still haunted by being forced to quit

By Stephen Glennon
March 30, 2018
© Copyright 2016 - Connacht Tribune Group. All Rights Reserved.

Talking Sport with Stephen Glennon

There was a time when former professional squash player John Rooney looked destined to rule the courts for even longer than he did. However, over a decade ago, he was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and, just like that, the future he had envisaged was stolen from him.

Even now, Rooney, who returned with his family from the United States to Galway just a fortnight ago to take up the Racquets Manager position at Galway Lawn Tennis Club, finds it all hard to accept. Despite having achieved so much in his career, he struggles to look beyond that time when his professional career came to an unceremonious end.

“It started during the Summer block of training [in 2009], all of which was supervised by the Irish Sports Council. I was in England at the time and I just travelled away to Hong Kong for an event in the middle of that Summer and, within weeks of coming back, I couldn’t even pick up the mobile phone or walk up the stairs.”


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