By Damian Dolan.
‘Which one’s Philip Butler?’ a well known Irish national journalist keenly enquired at London Southend Airport as the team prepared to board a flight on route to play Mayo in last year’s the Connacht final. Upon having Butler pointed out to her, she duly exclaimed ‘ah, he’s just a baby!’.
London’s march to a first-ever Connacht final appearance thrust the county, its manger and its players into the media spotlight, and none more so than a fresh faced London born and raised then 20-year-old student by the name of Philip Butler.
Owing his Irish connection to his Cork mother, as well as Cork connections on his father’s side of the family through his Nan, Butler became one of the faces of the Exiles’ historic year.
It’s been an eventful 12 months for the corner back, who 12 months ago had only just made his London debut – against Leitrim in the league in Carrick on Shannon – and for whom events conspired to thrust him into the full media glare.
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