Back when Borris-Illeigh were winning county titles in Tipp and supplying captains to the county, Seamus Quigley and the lads from Kiladangan would tip over and celebrate with them. Borris were royalty and Kiladangan could only imagine.
One glance at this weekend’s fixture programme should be enough for the penny to drop. You certainly don’t need a third-level degree to take from it that the dominance of certain counties on the big stage is perfectly mirrored at club level.
The Wednesday or Thursday after the 2014 All-Ireland final replay an old stalwart from near Urlingford decided to go for a spin on the far side of the border. Eternal vigilance and all of that, dontcha know.
The Tipperary match-day cavalcade lost a vehicle this year. For years, Conor O’Mahony’s Skoda Superb pulled up the rear. A bad traveller, he was given special dispensation to drive, with Shane McGrath riding along for company.
Kilkenny’s former All-Ireland winning captain Eddie O’Connor has openly questioned Tipperary’s “bottle” ahead of Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1A crunch between the counties at Nowlan Park.
All winter we’ve waited for the man. The January competitions provided a temporary fix, but that was solely for the hopelessly addicted. This weekend it’s the real stuff, the pure drop, that hits the streets at last. The man has come around.
One of the most interesting things about sport is how notions get stuck inside people’s heads and refuse to shift, regardless of the evidence available. A great example of this is the notion that the GAA is now ‘No Country For Old Men’.