Saturday 18 November 2017

Controversy in the Pairc gets YouTube sequel

Paul Galvin's 'mea culpa' rang loud and clear this week, but that hasn't stopped the continuing poring over the 2009 Player of the Year's recent clashes with Cork's Eoin Cadogan.

A slick and professionally crafted eight-minute piece of Kerry propaganda has made its way on to YouTube in the last 10 days that offers an alternative view on the incident in Pairc Ui Chaoimh that led to Finuge man Galvin's latest suspension.

It reflects too on the dismissal of both players in the National League game in Pairc Ui Rinn last February. YouTube majored on some previously unseen (we think) footage on which Kerry based Galvin's appeal to Central Hearings Committee, featuring the build-up to their dismissals by referee Maurice Deegan in the NFL game.

It's worth a look. Judgment is at the viewer's own discretion. Galvin has, after all, admitted he was wrong, so if the man involved accepted the outcome, why all the fuss?

And while you're watching it, ask yourself this: who went to the trouble of putting the video clip together?

As if it wouldn't be disappointing enough to lose at home to Sligo, Joe Kernan may well have been wondering in the closing minutes last Sunday if Galway could be heading for a qualifier tie against Armagh.

Imagine the awkwardness if Aaron and Tony Kernan were playing for Armagh and their father Joe was plotting against them in a maroon-and-white tracksuit. Of course, it could yet happen at a later stage.

For now, though, Armagh will continue their remarkable sequence of qualifier ties against Ulster opposition when they play Fermanagh in the next round, having beaten Donegal last Saturday.

Having won Ulster titles in 2002, '04, '05, '06 and '08, Armagh have been in five qualifier series where they were drawn against Down and Monaghan in 2001, Antrim in 2003, Derry in 2007, Monaghan in 2009, followed by two more local rivals this year. Really, they need to get out more.

So it's a novel week for Galway hurling as the county prepares for its inaugural Leinster final appearance.

But it could be that we got a little glimpse of some looming resentment in Portlaoise last Saturday evening.

Directly in front of the O'Moore Park press box, there was a prolonged and heated exchange between an Offaly supporter and former Galway selector Bernie O'Connor.

It ended with the Offaly man turning to a colleague and exclaiming: "Let them p**s off back to the west. They shouldn't even be here!"

If the Bob O'Keeffe Cup starts heading across the Shannon with any regularity, will this become the Leinster mantra?

It's all very well enjoying the summer melody of the cuckoo, but how long would you want it in your nest if it started tossing out your chicks? This sounds like a job for Cats!

Irish Independent

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