Historic day beckons for county hurlers
While I won't claim to be any expert on hurling, I love watching it and like all Galway people I'll be roaring them on this Sunday in their search for All-Ireland glory, writes Ronan Loughney.
I regularly bump into David Collins on my morning swim at Blackrock, and he seems excited about Galway's chances, and confident that this will be their year.
Hurling was a game I always wished I had played growing up. Any of the hurling lads that I came across on the rugby pitch were always tough as nails. Mul is the obvious one, but his Portumna team-mates Andy Smith and Eoin Lynch were hard competitors too.
Andy was a bit smaller than a lot of the rugby lads, but he hit as hard as any player on the pitch. He was a very good out-half in his day, no doubt the skills he picked up from the small ball helped his game.
I'm not sure if I'll be up at the game yet (if there is someone with a spare ticket I'll gladly take it off their hands!) - but wherever I watch it I'm sure it will make for exciting viewing.
Hopefully this will be Galway's year, and that the lads do the business.
I know one or two of them to say hello to, but I'm well aware of the effort that they've all put in over the years to take that historic step. Best of luck to them.