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Those deserted Galway acres seemed to stand for everything that’s been lost this year

Eamonn Sweeney


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‘Those deserted Galway acres seemed to stand for everything that’s been lost this year.’ Photo: Harry Murphy

‘Those deserted Galway acres seemed to stand for everything that’s been lost this year.’ Photo: Harry Murphy

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‘Those deserted Galway acres seemed to stand for everything that’s been lost this year.’ Photo: Harry Murphy

Almost a year ago today my twin daughters and myself went to see Castlehaven playing Carbery Rangers in the Cork senior football championship. It turned out to be one of the best club games I'd ever seen with fantastic scores, dramatic swings of fortune and a nail-biting finish before Rangers prevailed by two points.

If you'd told anyone in O'Donovan Rossa Park, Skibbereen that the next time the teams met there'd be only 50 spectators from each club, they'd have thought there was something wrong with you. But that's what happened, thanks to Covid-19 related crowd restrictions, when the same two teams met in the same competition at Clonakilty this day last week.

It was a stark reminder of just how much everything has changed this year. But there was an even greater one a few days later.