Wednesday 28 September 2016

Straight-talking Carney socks it to Tribesmen

Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30

Jim Carney reckons that Shane Walsh is the only Galway player who would get on the Mayo team at present and is scathing over what he sees as apathy in his native county after the failure to escape from Division 2 (Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile)
Jim Carney reckons that Shane Walsh is the only Galway player who would get on the Mayo team at present and is scathing over what he sees as apathy in his native county after the failure to escape from Division 2 (Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile)

I always keep a close watch on provincial papers at this time of year as they provide genuine insights into the local mood as the championships approach.

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So far this year the award for 'Very Straight Talking' goes to the Tuam Herald and Jim Carney, a man who, as well as covering the fortunes of Galway footballers for decades, served as a selector for a period in the 1980s.

Suffice to say, the former Sunday Game host is not exactly enthused by maroon-and-white prospects this year, even suggesting that the Connacht semi-final "might be as one-sided as 2013 which finished Mayo 4-16 Galway 0-11."

He reckons that Shane Walsh is the only Galway player who would get on the Mayo team at present and is scathing over what he sees as apathy in his native county after the failure to escape from Division 2.

"Maybe nobody cares any more that a county with such a proud tradition of competing at the highest level won only two of their seven games, Nowadays, drawing with Fermanagh, Armagh (a Div 3 team next year) and Meath appears to be acceptable.

"Losing to Cavan in the final round? We heard only about the 'positives' after the game? Has nobody the courage to say it like it is? There are no positives when you lose," wrote Carney.

The heading on his piece? 'Aidan O'Shea will turn the Connacht championship into a one-horse race.'

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