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Joe Canning reveals his parents’ battle with cancer

Joe Canning reveals his parents’ battle with cancer in a rare open and emotional interview.

His mother Josephine was diagnosed breast cancer and his father Sean was hit with prostate cancer.

Both parents received the difficult health news within months of each other back in 2015.

The Galway man admits that their struggles gave him a new outlook on life.

He view on hurling and sport also took a turn.

“It’s embarrassing for me to say it,”

“But it probably took Mam and Dad being sick to make me appreciate life and appreciate that hurling isn’t the be-all and end-all. It seems a bit foolish looking back, thinking ‘What were you putting yourself under so much pressure for?’ Or letting the public get to me more than anything else,” he told the Irish Independent.

The Canning family kept the diagnosis private and Joe confesses he was forced to grow up as he supported them.

Joe was extremely close to them throughout his childhood and they continue to be his number one fans after making great recoveries.

“Nobody really knew Mam and Dad were sick, apart from people close to it. It wasn’t a public thing. I’d be very close to Mam especially, because I’m the baby in the family.

“When I was growing up, she brought me everywhere. Dad would bring the older guys to their games but with me, it was always Mam and my sister Deirdre. I’m obviously named after her as well.

“That’s the growing up part for me I suppose. I don’t know if it’s changing from a child to an adult or what,” he continued.

Joe is currently preparing for an All-Ireland final against Waterford or Cork following their win over Tipperary last week.

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