Up until three years ago, the former Limerick goalkeeper had never attended a camogie match. Not one. And moreover, he openly admits that he fell into his current position of Treaty camogie manager after being overlooked for a fourth year as county minor hurling boss in late 2012.
That twitter profile picture shows Quaid hoisting aloft the All-Ireland Intermediate camogie trophy following last September’s final win over Kilkenny.
Of the seven tweets he posted on Thursday afternoon, six were camogie related.
Today he lives and breathes a sport he was once so ignorant to. Tomorrow he’ll attempt to mastermind “the biggest camogie upset in a very, very long time”.
All-Ireland champions Cork are the visitors to Kilmallock for the second round of the All-Ireland senior championship (2.30pm); Limerick scoring their first senior championship win in 10-years when overcoming Offaly (1-12 to 1-8) last Saturday, Cork opening unsuccessfully against Galway (1-11 to 0-12).
“Absolutely I am enjoying this gig,” says Quaid ahead of the Cork clash.
“The one thing I feel with camogie is that it doesn’t get fair publicity. Our girls have trained as hard, if not harder than the Limerick senior hurlers and they are not getting expenses, are not being lavished with free gear.
“They don’t get much publicity, so what I am trying to do is build up the profile of these girls because they are a superb bunch and are as committed as any hurler in the county.
“If we beat Cork this weekend, it will probably be the biggest upset in Camogie history in a very long time, the intermediate champions taking down the senior champions. We are under no illusions that these results don’t normally come off, but we won’t be found wanting for effort in trying to upset the applecart.” Limerick last met Cork in senior championship back in 2008, the reigning champions running up a cricket score on their neighbours. They’ll not have it so easy on this occasion.
“Cork beat us in the Munster final last year when we were still only intermediate. We were up by a point with 10-minutes to go in the league semi-final this spring, but they had the bench, they had Briege [Corkery] and a couple more to bring on. Their experience counted and our inexperience worked against us (1-12 to 0-10 the final score).
“Aoife Sheehan, Niamh Mulcahy and Sile Moynihan were there in 2008, they know what it is like to meet the likes of Briege Corkery, Gemma O’Connor, Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray. These are the players they want to face, this is the level we want to be at.
“Our aim over the last three years was to get to last Saturday, our first senior championship victory in 10-years. This Saturday is another step in our progression.
“These girls have bought into the revival of Limerick camogie and we are not finished yet.”