Friday 22 September 2017

Rebels ready to hit the road in search of Sam

WE'VE had Natterjack toads and other environmental causes famously slowing up the progress of Irish motorway projects, but did you know that the completion of the M8 has put paid to a long-standing GAA tradition?

Rebel teams have always travelled to Dublin by train, with the 'Kent Station farewell' on Saturday a big part of their traditional build-up. But not anymore.

The completion of the M8 has so radically shortened travel times between the 'real' and official capitals of the country, that Cork's double-chasing seniors and minors are taking the bus this weekend.

"The improvement in the road network makes for a far more straightforward departure to arrival at our Dublin destination," said a Cork spokesman, who wouldn't divulge the Dublin destination where Cork's seniors will be billeted on Saturday night.

They will definitely have moved to the Burlington in time for Sunday's post-game banquet, when Down will be out in the Citywest Hotel. Could this be an omen?

Tipp's victorious hurlers stayed in the 'Burlo' two weeks ago, while the Cats were in Citywest. But Kilkenny stayed in Citywest when they were notching up their four- in-a-row, so it can hardly be viewed as an unlucky charm!

Irish Independent

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