Wednesday 21 February 2018

Fans of Big Three not eager to welcome newcomers to the club

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald can be a polarising figure
Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald can be a polarising figure

Michael McCarthy

A lack of foresight - or, more accurately, a failure to look at the GAA calendar - meant I'd planned a weekend in Kilkenny instead of being in Thurles for Clare and Cork last weekend.

We watched the match in a small pub with a handful of locals, a surprising amount of whom were decked out in official Kilkenny paraphernalia, given their team were five weeks away from their next game.

The reaction to the match was both surprising and something I'd encountered before. Kilkenny fans, in general, wanted Cork to win.

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