ONLY a select few Wexford men can understand the emotions and thoughts that swirl through the mind on the steps that lead up the Hogan Stand, to where the Liam MacCarthy Cup awaits. The joy of winning an All-Ireland medal is dwarfed for Martin Storey, however, by a precious and rare privilege awarded few fathers.
"I played with my two sons - intermediate with Anthony and junior with Martin Óg - and that was unbelievable," Storey said. "We got to a junior final where I played centre-forward and he played wing-forward. He was 16 and I was 48 and it went to a replay, but we got beaten. It was lovely to be able to do it.
"In 2005, I was managing the Oulart camogie team and the day we won the county final, I was centre-forward on the senior team, Anthony was centre-forward on the minor team, Ciara played midfield for the camogie team and Martin Óg was on the U-10s that played an exhibition match and he wore No 11. That has to be the highlight of my career."
Although he captained Wexford to Croke Park glory, Storey, like every other Wexford fan, has struggled to get tickets for today's clash with Limerick in Semple Stadium, where he expects the team to give fans another dance at the crossroads.
"I would have coached most of these lads (minor manager 2009-12) and they are well able for the battle," he added.
"It is brilliant to have Wexford competitive again, but don't forget, we have won nothing. People are running away with themselves about Wexford hurling at the moment. We are the breath of fresh air into the championship, but they were raving about Clare last year, it's Wexford this year. Unless we repeat what Clare did in 2013, it counts for nothing."
Storey worked as a psychiatric nurse until serious injury forced him into early retirement last year. He is involved in local politics, serving on Wexford County Council for Labour recently. The midfielder, who hung up his hurl at the age of 48, is currently plotting Oulart's path through Wexford's senior championship, hoping to add to the five county medals he won while playing for his home club.
(Former Wexford hurler)
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