Conor Cusack

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Conor Cusack
Personal information
Irish name Conchuir Ó Cíosóg
Sport Hurling
Position Left Corner Forward
Born (1979-01-16) 16 January 1979 (age 40)
Cork, Ireland
Height 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)
Years Club
Years County
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 0
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 0

Conor Cusack (born 16 January 1979) is an Irish sportsperson. He played hurling with the Cork senior inter-county team in 2006.[1] Known nationally in Ireland for his mental health advocacy,[2] Cusack continues to play hurling with his local Cloyne club.

Early life[edit]

Cusack was born in Cloyne, County Cork in 1979. He was educated locally and currently works as an apprentice electrician. His brother, Donal Óg, is also a hurler as was a cousin, Christy Ring.

Sporting career[edit]

Cusack was noted as a good hurler from an early age. He plays with his local Cloyne GAA club and was a member of the Cork senior hurling panel for several years. His brother, Donal Óg, was the goalkeeper on the team.

Cusack made his debut in the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final against Kilkenny, coming on as a substitute in the closing minutes.

Personal life[edit]

Cusack devotes much of his time to highlighting mental health and articulating his own experiences of depression.[3] He has spoken about this on national television, on Prime Time.[4][5] In January 2014, Cusack for the first time publicly discussed his attraction to men.[2][6] Ahead of the 2015 Marriage Equality referendum, he spoke on The Saturday Night Show in favour of the proposition and challenged those who opposed it.[7][8]


  1. ^ "O'Connell returns for Cork hurlers". RTÉ Sport. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Heneghan, Conor. "Former Cork hurler Conor Cusack opens up about his sexuality in latest blog post".
  3. ^ "Depression is a friend, not my enemy". Irish Independent. 29 October 2013.
  4. ^ Whooley, Declan (30 October 2013). "Conor Cusack talks candidly about his depression on Prime Time".
  5. ^ "Nationwide praise for Conor Cusack for his 'bravery and honesty' on battle with depression". Irish Independent. 30 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Conor Cusack: "I am sexually attracted to men"". Irish Independent. 28 January 2014.
  7. ^ Cuddihy, Tony (10 April 2015). "Conor Cusack on the importance of the upcoming marriage equality vote".
  8. ^ Cullen, Adam (14 May 2015). "Conor Cusack challenges Dubs star Ger Brennan on opposition to same-sex marriage". Evening Herald.

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