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.
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.