IT'S 40 years since Joe Kernan was first selected for Armagh seniors as a 17-year-old.
Since then, he has had only a few seasons away from playing and management with Armagh, Crossmaglen Rangers, Ulster and Galway last year. It has been a hectic life inside and outside the white lines, including, of course, steering Crossmaglen and Armagh to their first All-Ireland titles.
Having left Galway at the end of last year, he held no management brief this season, but he still remained busy, having spent considerable time working on his autobiography, 'Without a Shadow of a Doubt,' which is due out in a few weeks' time.
He has packed a lot into his football career, while also having ups and downs in his own life.
Martin Breheny, of this parish, has collaborated with Joe on his book, which will be published by Irish Sports Publishing.
Is there a twist to Donal's departure?
We were surprised to see Donal O'Grady checking out of Limerick, even though he indicated that his term would be for one year only.
They made solid progress under him, but, given where Limerick started from, one season was never going to be enough to maximise his coaching expertise or to integrate all the young talent that's maturing towards senior level.
So what next for O'Grady?
Cork is secure under Jimmy Barry-Murphy for the next few years, but Waterford is available and has, in the past, shown a liking for outsiders, including Corkmen, Gerald and Justin McCarthy.
The question is would O'Grady be interested in moving into Waterford after spending just one year in Limerick? Probably not.
We've just had an interesting thought on Donal's future. Could he be the man to replace Frank Murphy as Cork's administrative supremo?
Counties drop the ball in format vote
Comical, isn't it? Central Council voted to change the format of the Allianz Hurling League a few weeks ago, but already it's under threat as the leading powers unite in an effort to have the decision rescinded.
Granted, CC opted for the least attractive of the three available options, but it was still the majority's democratic decision, albeit one which includes delegates from many counties who care little about hurling.
Here's a question: why didn't the counties who feared that the League would return to two groups of six in the top flight, with no quarter or semi-finals come together and plan a united strategy before the CC meeting?
Better still, why didn't they voice their legitimate objections in the media, thereby launching a wider debate?
Instead, they are trying to fit locks to the stable door when the horse is grazing contentedly in the next parish.