Tuesday 6 December 2016

Child of the Hill

Henry living his dream as Blues renew thier rivalry with old enemy

Published 02/06/2007 | 00:00

Dublin's David Henry takes time out to relax at Dollymount Strand during the week
Dublin's David Henry takes time out to relax at Dollymount Strand during the week

ALL that is left of the era is an echo now but, for an 80s child of the Hill, the real, smoky, epochal Championship business tended to begin and end with Meath.

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David Henry sat with his father, Gene, at all four games in 1991. The heat of those games stoked a guilty sense of trespass away up in the stand. At times, it felt as if they were watching something more elemental than football. Something primal and unrefined.

Henry remembers, especially, the start of the third chapter. Two weeks had passed from the second draw, a momentous, swaying contest in which Mick Lyons had been sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Vinnie Murphy. Mick and Vinnie weren't exactly gentle, equivocal sorts. As the players moved to take up positions, Murphy veered left and away from the 'small square.' Through the mist, Henry remembers watching Lyons follow. There was the smell of a hunt here. Of imminent destruction.

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