Fans from Bangor Erris face a seven-hour 500km round trip to see their side play and have expressed their anger with the GAA’s decision to host the game at a Munster venue.
“People are annoyed. It’s a Kerry venue. They play championship matches and all their underage matches up the line there. It’s a massive advantage to Kerry and it’s terribly unfair,” said Kiltane chairman Paddy Corrigan.
“I’d say quite a few will be going now with Mikie [Sweeney, Kiltane clubman] having a chance and he did no harm when he came on the last day. It’s a possibility that people will be staying over though because the traffic from Claregalway and Tuam will be a nightmare. I’d say we’ll be leaving here at 10am and we wouldn’t be back till all hours if we came back that night. Coming home will be the hardest part because there will be no way to avoid all that major traffic on the way back unless you stay over. It’ll be crazy at the junction in Claregalway while Tuam and Clarinbridge will be nightmares too.”
However, for South Kerry fans, it will be a rare opportunity at this stage in the championship to see their team so close to home. Cahersiveen’s Frank Curran believes most supporters from the Kingdom will travel up and down on the day.
“For us Limerick is way more accessible and the fact it’s on a Saturday evening means it’s much easier to get there. On that score it suits South Kerry because Dublin would be an overnight whereas you could go up and down in a day to Limerick. It cuts costs and times,” he said.
With the club’s Bryan Sheehan almost winning the game in normal time with a long-distance free, Curran is hoping for improved luck for the 2011 All Star. “He’s been fierce unlucky these last few years. When you talk to him he tells you he’s never been as fit but he’s just been picking up these niggling injuries. Three or four years ago he was touching player of the year but he’s had a frustrating time since. The time on pitch the last day will stand to him. He could have been a Kerry hero with that last kick. Someone said the only mistake he made was that he should have taken more steps with ball to get over line.”