Bitter taste for new and old fans at Oyster Festival
THE streets of Galway were left to the tourists yesterday as natives packed the bars with high hopes that the Tribesmen could finally bring home the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
But after a rousing start, the roars from the frantic fans slowly died away as the hopes of securing a win faded.
Fans packed the marquee at the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival where two big screens relayed all the action for those unsuccessful in the hunt for tickets to the game.
Among the crowd was Claire Williams (33), from Sydney, who was cheering on the Tribesmen during a short visit to family in Galway over the weekend.
While she plays hurling with her son Patrick (7) on Sydney's beaches, the real event left her a little on edge.
"I've never seen a match before, it's actually a bit stressful. I had the rules explained to me last night. My mother is from Galway and she brought hurls back for all the grandchildren last year. I'm disappointed for Galway but I'll keep playing with Patrick," she said.
Anne Melia (59), from Galway city, was left dejected by the loss.
"It's just so disappointing. It had been a great week for Galway with the Oyster Festival and we all thought this would be the icing on the cake. But I suppose the better team won on the day. It's such a pity to think they had to do it twice," she said.