Muldoon crosses fingers for neighbour Canning
Connacht's talismanic skipper John Muldoon is hoping that his side can kick-start a big weekend for Galway tonight.
The Westerners host Glasgow Warriors in their Guinness PRO14 opener, a day before Galway go in search of a first All-Ireland title in 29 years.
Muldoon is planning on making the trip to Croke Park and believes that his fellow Portumna native Joe Canning could be the difference between the two sides.
"It will be great to see them in a final and it would be great to see them finally winning a final again," Muldoon said.
"Even though I have seen the match (1988 final), I don't remember it as a kid. I've seen it lots of times on TG4.
"I grew up beside Joe, he lives just down the road from me. Since he was four or five years of age you could tell he was very, very special.
"It would be a shame for him to go through his career without an All-Ireland but sport can be cruel sometimes and you don't always get what you deserve.
"It gives an awful lot to you but sometimes you don't always get those rewards back.
"I'm certainly conscious of that and I'm sure Joe is to a certain point. I'd love to see it. There have been a lot of spectacular Galway hurlers that have gone through and never won an All-Ireland and hopefully Joe won't be another one of them.
"And it was very sad with (the death of) Tony Keady too, with a young family. It's a bittersweet time for Galway hurling at the moment."