Monday 19 March 2018

John Mullane: Keady's spirit will live on in Galway

Galway great Tony Keady. Photo: Andrew Downes
Galway great Tony Keady. Photo: Andrew Downes

Waterford fans are disappointed that Tadhg de Búrca will play no part in tomorrow's All-Ireland semi-final, writes John Mullane.

It's a blow but the sad and untimely passing of Galway great Tony Keady (above) this week puts everything into perspective.

I'd like to take this chance to sympathise with Tony's family at this incredibly difficult time.

Galway have lost a legend, an iconic figure who was well-known not only within his own county, but nationwide.

There was a neighbour who lived up the road from me when I was a kid, Tom Darcy, a Galway man.

Naturally, he followed the fortunes of the Tribesmen with more than a keen interest and as my love of the game developed as a young boy, I admired that half-back line of Keady, Gerry McInerney and Pete Finnerty.

That unit was the bedrock of that Galway team, under the guidance of Cyril Farrell.

That team really captured my imagination.

I wrote, too, earlier this year that sometimes, it's written in the stars that a team will finish the year as All-Ireland champions.

And I said it to my wife, Stephanie, on Thursday night that Keady's passing is going to spur Galway on even more to end that 29-year wait.

Irish Independent

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