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Vincent Hogan: McCarthy forever hooked on firm hurling beliefs

Published 19/06/2010 | 05:00

It doesn't require a wild leap of the imagination to see Limerick getting nuked tomorrow. The game in Pairc Ui Chaoimh looms less as a contest than a gesture. Cork will win as they choose and those concerned can be trusted to put up a firewall of banalities against the sadness. Justin McCarthy -- dapper and gracefully aged -- may even be home in Rochestown before the bells of the Angelus.

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If so, he'll sit to his tea with an easy conscience. He has never held himself up as anything but a hurling missionary, "spreading the gospel" as he observed in his autobiography 'Hooked'. In that sense, he probably even sees himself as philosophically removed from the essential Limerick story now.

Justin coaches hurling. In the cramped space of his obsession, there is no room for contrary energy.

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