St Flannans’ crusade for a first Munster A Colleges title since 2005 stayed firmly on track on Wednesday afternoon as they powered to a ten-point victory in a contest that had hurling pulses racing for three-quarters of an hour.
There was a time for Ballygunner when playing Clare opposition in Munster competition was always one match too far, but those days of serial defeat to the best of the Banner have been well and truly ended these past three years.
Well, normal service was certainly restored after last year’s scorching anomaly and so when we park up by Long Strand — a pit stop on our way home from much further west where the default setting has been monsoon — a hefty ‘breeze’ may have the surf roiling and boiling but it’s also strong enough to send clouds scudding across the sky, allowing a feisty late-afternoon sun to radiate down a rare transfusion of Vitamin D.
Named with a delightful sense of innocence, or directness, is this Cork address, Doctors Road — and, no, it’s not the hinterlands of Orchard Road by the Bon Secours, the Hayfield or Heatherfield developments or even Bishopstown’s Highfield. All of those prescriptive ‘good’ Cork addresses have a preponderance of medics in situ, buying and selling.