Ultan Dillane Supports Cancer Awareness Campaign While Home In Tralee

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Ultan Dillane. Photo by Gavin O'Connor.

Ultan Dillane. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

A MAN that is putting Tralee on the rugby world map is back home this week.

One of Ireland’s brightest new stars, Ultan Dillane, is enjoying a week off catching up with family and friends, while also raising awareness for testicular cancer.

“Coming home is a safe haven, I’m happy to chill out, I’ve a week off so time to recuperate and meet the family,” said Ultan Dillane when TraleeToday.ie caught up with him on Thursday.

“I like my outdoors so especially with the weather turning nice, I’ll bring the dog out to Ballybunion and have a few walks by the beach,” said the 6′ 6″ Connacht player.

The former Tralee RFC man is home coming off the back of a win for Connacht against his native Munster which has put his adopted province on joint top of the Guiness Pro 12 with Leinster.

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Barry John Keane and Ultan Dillane are showing their support for

Tralee men, Kerry footballer, Barry John Keane and Ireland rugby international, Ultan Dillane are showing their support for Testicular Cancer Awareness month.

Ultan will be hoping to be included in Joe Schmidt’s final squad that goes to South Africa in the Summer to face the Springboks.

“It’s all about how performances go over the next month to see who makes the selection. It’s still about game time and how we preform over the next few weeks. I just got to focus on my own job and if it happens it happens,” he said.

Ultan called into Kerry Cancer Support Group’s offices in Maine Street on Thursday where he and Kerry GAA star, Barry John Keane supported their#keepyoureyesontheball campaign, as April is testicular cancer awareness month.

Testicular cancer is the number one cancer risk for men between 15 and 35 and around 180 young men a year are diagnosed with the cancer. Ultan was delighted to give his support.

“Thankfully I’ve not been affected personally by cancer, but I know people who have and it’s always heartbreaking to hear these stories. It’s not something guys talk about but you’d have your wits about you to stay vigilant,” said Ultan.

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