Rebels with a cause tog out for charity
WATCH out Davy Fitz – the youngsters of Cork are convinced that Rebel hurling maestro Jimmy Barry Murphy will lower the Banner in Croke Park today.
That was the confident prediction as schools across Cork city and county staged special 'jersey days' to show their support for JBM and the Rebel hurlers, as well as raising money for local charities.
At the Eglantine national school in Douglas, principal Eoin Kennedy said excitement was at fever pitch over the Cork-Clare replay.
"Everyone is counting down the hours to the game. We're hoping we'll have something to cheer about on Saturday night," he said.
Students were in no doubt about the outcome to the Croke Park rematch. "Rebels all the way. Cork are going to do it," Sara O'Brien (8) said.
Her friend, Eva Rose (8), both in third class at the Eglantine NS, said they were hoping for a Cork win and a classroom visit by the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
For older youngsters the excitement revolved around whether a Cork triumph might mean no homework on Monday.
"It would be fantastic for Jimmy Barry Murphy and the hurlers to bring the cup back to Cork. They'll do it this time alright," cheered friends Aoife Morrissey (10), Ann Walsh (10) and Erin Goulding (10).
Others including Sara Murphy, Aisling Flanagan, Eithne O'Brien and Kay Walsh all reckoned JBM will have a master plan to derail Clare.
More than 100 national and secondary schools across Cork staged special charity jersey days with the staff and students at the Eglantine alone raising €875 for Cork University Hospital (CUH).
The confidence in JBM and the Rebel hurlers was echoed by four famous Corkonians.
Roy Keane, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy all predict a Rebel victory.
"Hopefully it will be a Cork win. It was brilliant, the last game. I really enjoyed it. I have not had that much fun for a good few years and hopefully Cork will do it on Saturday," Roy said.
There were also words of encouragement for the Cork ladies footballers who face Monaghan in the All-Ireland final on Sunday. The Cork ladies are playing in their eighth final in nine years.
Both Cork and Monaghan hope to set a world record for the greatest number of bandanas worn at a single venue at Croke Park tomorrow, with proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.