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Friday 22 August 2014

Doleful picture as hurler Feeney appeals for support

Published 31/05/2014 | 02:30

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Junior Tourism and Sports Minister Michael Ring was flung upon the horns of a dilemma this week after he spotted a forlorn quote from Mayo hurler Kenny Feeney in the 'Mayo News'.

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The county hurlers labour in the shadow of the football team – nonetheless they've managed the not-inconsiderable feat of reaching the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup in Castlebar today.

And so their top scorer Kenny put out a plea in the 'Mayo News' for his countymen and women to come and support them. "I would love to see a crowd at all our games," said the Tooreen man. "We had four people in Wicklow on Saturday. Two Mayo men down from Dublin who didn't know each other and just met at the ground and two of the players' mothers."

It's a doleful picture, and Michael Ring was gung-ho to go and offer his support – until he discovered that the 1pm start-time clashed with an engagement elsewhere.

"I'm launching the new Blueway water trail in Louisburgh, so it's a pity I won't be able to make it, but I would call on the people of Mayo to rally around the team, for Mayo people are great sports fans, whether it's football, hurling or soccer," he said.

Perhaps the Taoiseach will rock up to MacHale Park today – it's on his home turf, and he could probably do with a bit of R'n'R after the week that's been in it.

Irish Independent

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