Tuesday 12 December 2017

Rebels everywhere but Mary won't let her county Down

Nick Bramhill and Allison Bray

THEY fell in love at the matchmaking festival in Lisdoonvarna. But one happily married, GAA-mad couple will become bitter rivals tomorrow when Cork take on Down in the All-Ireland final.

Mary and Pat Buckley of Meelin, Co Cork, are living in a house that is truly divided.

Their driveway is lined with both Down and Cork flags and bunting, while the front of the house sports two Cork flags, two Down flags and two flags for the Meelin GAA club.

"It looks like the United Nations," joked Pat (43).

Mother-of-two Mary (47), from Newry, concedes that she's not just the only person in her family supporting Down, she's the only one in the village.

She's not only up against all the locals but her own family as well, including Pat, his mother, Tess, and the couple's two sons, Anthony (10) and Declan (8), who will all be roaring on the Rebel County tomorrow.

But Mary insisted last night that she would be having the last laugh "when Down bring home the Sam Maguire".

"There's been a lot of banter going on and I've been getting a bit of stick. Even my two sons are deserting me when the match is on. I'm all on my own at the moment, but I'll have the last laugh," she said.

Irish Independent

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