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A bittersweet finish to what could be my own last dance

Dick Clerkin



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Dick Clerkin with his son Cailean after another game with his beloved Currin, but the muck might not be cleaned off his football boots again

Dick Clerkin with his son Cailean after another game with his beloved Currin, but the muck might not be cleaned off his football boots again

Dick Clerkin with his son Cailean after another game with his beloved Currin, but the muck might not be cleaned off his football boots again

And just like that, it's all over. One minute you are buzzing with excitement after getting back to action when you felt it might never happen. The next you are sitting into the car, wet, dirty, defeated and despondent.

No dressing-room speeches. No season-ending session in the local. Your season is over, after it had only just started.

These past few action-packed weekends have seen many club championships enter their knockout stages, leaving waste to thousands of players en masse. The deafening chorus from supporters to open the turnstiles has become muted, with the majority of clubs now out of their respective championships.