Friday 9 December 2016

Flattering to deceive a cruel existence fated to hurling Tribe

Donny Mahoney

Published 02/07/2014 | 02:30

Daithi Burke, Galway. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final Replay, Kilkenny v Galway, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Daithi Burke, Galway. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final Replay, Kilkenny v Galway, O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I had the privilege of spending the weekend in Galway, but was met with a bizarre scene when arriving on Shop Street on Saturday evening. The city, usually thronged on weekends when the sun begins to drop, was depopulated.

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And then I remembered: the hurling. At around 10.30 or 11.0, many of them arrived back in maroon and white, like foot soldiers returning home from a war they knew they couldn't win.

Such is the cruel existence of the Galway hurling fan. It's not just the losing – though there has been a lot of that since 1988 – it's the beautiful hope that resurfaces year after year before the losing happens.

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