It’s less than two years since Galway’s beef with the ostracisation of their underage teams from Leinster’s minor and U21 grades morphed into the suggestion that the county should think about hopping over another fence and into Munster’s field instead.
Paul Kerrigan doesn’t have fond memories of Semple Stadium. Mind you, he doesn’t exactly hold fond memories of Tipperary either, but it’s the venue rather than the team it houses that has caused him more grief in recent years.
Gerry Fitzpatrick has been one of Ireland’s leading, if unsung, sports operators for over four decades. From hoops to hurling, from training Henry and Mullane to watching Shaq in the flesh, he’s seen a lot, if not it all. Now, he’s playing his part in the Wexford hurling revival.
They’re a promising young team, they’re on an upward curve, they have their best days ahead of them, they’re managed by a man who saw it all and did it all during his own playing days and tomorrow in Thurles they face a team who’ve seen it all and done it all over the past couple of seasons.