Thursday 26 April 2018

Moral police silent over Clarke's sup

Darren Clarke washed down the sweet taste of a first golf Major success with a pleasant pint of Guinness at his press conference. Almost every subsequent picture of this island's latest Major winner featured a pint of the black stuff sitting in close proximity to him. All perfectly acceptable, of course, for a man renowned for 'liking a few pints'.

But what if Eoin Kelly or Graham Canty had gulped pints in the same manner in front of the cameras after last year's All-Ireland finals as they discussed their triumphs?

Can you imagine the outrage of the moral police if Kelly had downed a pint in one go just as Clarke had done at the K Club five years earlier after the Ryder Cup success? Clarke is as much a role model as Kelly, Canty or any other Irish sportsman. But the same moral police have been strangely quiet since last Sunday. Over to you, Joe Duffy.

Moloney eyes new rough 'n' tumble

Limerick hurler David Moloney is working hard to lift the county's fortunes to new levels, a pursuit which should provide valuable experience for his planned foray into the rough 'n' tumble of local politics.

The 23-year-old has put his name forward to a Labour party selection convention to fill a vacant seat (representing Kilmallock) on Limerick County Council.

"This would be a way of representing my community from another angle rather than hurling," he told the 'Limerick Leader'.

"As a young person, I have seen a lot of my friends emigrate. I would like to be involved in a process of creating employment, or helping to try and create employment."

Moloney faces a battle as there are nine people chasing the nomination, but if he is successful he would not be the first local hurling star to go into politics, as Leonard Enright (Fianna Fail) and Mike Houlihan (Fine Gael) both went on to serve as Limerick county councillors.

Vulnerable managers braced for the culling

It's a long time since the managerial merry-go-round has been so quiet, certainly in football. Brendan Fennelly (Laois) and 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin (Clare) left their posts but, so far, Mick O'Dwyer is the only football boss to hand in his cards. Of course, the pace could quicken over the coming weeks with a few casualties even emerging from counties still left in the All-Ireland race.

It certainly looks as if the losers of the Galway (John McIntyre) and Waterford (Davy Fitzgerald) game will be looking for a new boss while, in football, Paddy O'Rourke (Armagh) looks vulnerable. He could sort that by steering the Orchard boys past Tyrone and Roscommon to an All-Ireland quarter-final place.

That's easier said than done, given that they play Tyrone in Omagh tomorrow. Mind you, Healy Park is not the fortress it once was for Tyrone.

Irish Independent

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