Saturday 3 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Limerick desperate for a little recognition

Published 30/07/2011 | 05:00

Most romance in sport is a lie, so Limerick footballers know what is expected of them now. The deep reservoir of irritation that brought out a raging Lear in Stephen Lavin last weekend confirmed their self-awareness. On Thursday, Seanie Buckley said the team "echoed" every decibel of Lavin's anger. Media indifference sticks to their skin like drizzle, you see.

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To some eyes, they probably shouldn't even be in Dublin tomorrow. The victory over Wexford was usurped by a debate about Laurel and Hardy umpiring, leaving them feeling welcome as hyenas among a herd of goats.

So maybe it wasn't so much Pat Spillane and Joe Brolly that Lavin raged against last Saturday night as the system. He's been a decade sweating blood for a cause that seems to invite little more than platitude and numbing cliche.

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