THEY’VE been locked in controversial combat for years, but a straight-talking, edgy text from Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin to his nemesis, Noel O’Leary after Cork’s All-Ireland success has managed to de-ice the pair’s frosty relationship.
Sources say the Cork defender received a mobile phone message from Galvin as the Cork team headed home after their thrilling All-Ireland final success against Down. But rather than the standard ‘well done’ type message, Galvin more or less told the Kilnamartyra man: Congrats – now would you please retire and leave me alone...
One Cork source said: “The text went down very well. It wasn’t your usual stuff which would have been difficult to take at face value anyway – Galvin’s message came with a twist, an edge, which was typical him. But I’d say it was appreciated.”
The duo have had several skirmishes on the field, the last of which saw them sent off in last year’s Munster semi-final replay at Páirc Ui Chaoimh.
While O’Leary has been enjoying the aftermath of Cork’s success this month, Galvin has just returned from a week sampling the professional lifestyle enjoyed by some of his compatriots at Sunderland, courtesy of Black Cats chairman, Niall Quinn.
However, ahead of next season, he’s likely to undergo an operation to cure a long-standing groin/abdominal problem.
His Kerry colleague, Killian Young has more immediate concerns and will miss South Kerry’s Kerry SFC semi-final on Sunday against Dr Crokes after conceding defeat in his bid to overcome for hip and groin injuries.
Young will miss the rest of the season. The other Kerry semi sees Dingle clash with Austin Stacks. <
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