FORMER Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett is turning concert promoter for one of Ireland’s leading music stars next Friday night.
Corbett has also given Tipperary hurling fans a glimmer of hope that he may return at some point in the future but for now, he is concentrating solely on business interests.
And Corbett aims to get his career as a concert promoter off to the best possible start when Niall Breslin, better known as Bressie, entertains fans at the Premier Hall in Thurles on Friday evening.
Bressie is in the middle of a hugely-successful sellout tour of Ireland and his popularity has been strengthened as a celebrity judge on the hit TV show ‘The Voice of Ireland.’
Two-time All-Ireland senior hurling championship medallist Corbett, 31, was crowned Hurler of the Year in 2010 after scoring a hat-trick of goals against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.
But he stunned the hurling world earlier this year by announcing his decision to withdraw from the Tipperary panel, citing business commitments as his reason for doing so.
Since then, Corbett has been working on promoting his pub business, Lar Corbett’s bar at Coppinger’s bar in Thurles.
Corbett said: “Whether it’s in hurling or business, you’ll only get out of it what you put in and we’re giving ourselves the best possible chance of making our first event a success by bringing one of the biggest stars in Ireland to Thurles.
“We are really happy with how things have gone so far and it’s looking like we won’t be too far off selling the event out in advance, which will be a great start.”
Speaking extensively for the first time about his bombshell decision to walk away from hurling, Corbett admitted that it’s been difficult spending time away from the game.
He said: “I have had the best days of my life hurling for Tipperary and it has been strange not being in there with the lads these past couple of months.
“I got so much out of hurling and I would like to think that I gave my best back to it. But I had no choice, for business reasons, but to take time away from the game and I am giving my all to the business end of my life right now.
“It’s difficult to balance participation in sport at a high level and work, more so nowadays because both are so much more competitive. You just have to work so hard at both to succeed.
“If I hadn’t done this (taken time out), I would not be here looking forward to Friday night. It takes a lot of time and effort to get things right in business and you have to look after the day job.
“It’s not that I don’t miss the hurling; I definitely do and I am not ruling anything out or in with regard to the future. But whatever happens with the hurling, there’s a great bunch of lads in there with Tipp. And with or without me they will be giving it a massive effort this year.
“But for the minute, my concentration is on my bar and, more immediately, on Friday night’s concert with Bressie and I have to say I’m enjoying it all.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased from Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.ie. Doors open at 7pm on Friday evening.