Sunday 11 December 2016

Skibbereen still keeping an eagle eye on the world

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

‘Cork hurling hubris, even arrogance, was based on the fiction that there is some natural Cork hurling gene. There is no such gene’
‘Cork hurling hubris, even arrogance, was based on the fiction that there is some natural Cork hurling gene. There is no such gene’

Field's coffee shop in Skibbereen is the place to take the national pulse. Last Friday morning the main topics were the weather, the recent O'Donovan Rossa centenary celebrations and the sad state of Cork GAA - which we blithely believe to be of national importance.

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As the tables are close enough together to create the communal intimacy that west Cork craves, I was finally able to flush out an elderly couple who actually enjoyed watching Oireachtas television, to ask them what they thought about the testimony of Fintan Drury, the literally grey eminence of the Heritage dinner and Druids Glen outings.

Drury will not be surprised the couple had the same credibility problem as some of his friends in accepting there had been no discussion of Anglo matters at these convivial meetings.

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