No other Sun­day comes close

Irish Examiner - Sport - - OPINION -

In the Gaelic Grounds, there was an honouring of Liam Kennedy’s mem­ory. In Páirc Uí Chaoimh, St Fin­barr’s searched deep in­side them­selves and pro­duced hero­ism. In Fra­her Field, Dan Shana­han made an­other mark in this great year against ageism even if it was in de­feat. In Cu­sack Park, Clooney-quin de­fied Sixmile­bridge and, for that mat­ter, the rest of Clare in liv­ing to fight an­other day.

In Austin Stack Park, Bal­ly­duff’s Ai­dan Boyle proved there was one Boyle which Lix­naw ne­glected to con­sider. In Sem­ple Sta­dium, Clon­mel Com­mer­cials left it late. In Mac­cumhaill Park, Kil­car ended a 24-year wait as Ar­magh Harps did a 26-year gap in the Ath­letic Grounds as did Lámh Dhearg a 25-year yearn­ing in Gle­navy. In Healy Park, Omagh held on. In St Tier­nach’s Park, wily Scot­stown wheeled away.

In Tuam Sta­dium, Co­rofin counted their fin­gers on one hand. In O’con­nor Park, Rhode showed they are as ready for road as they were 13 years ago. In O’moore Park, Port­laoise re­gained that old fa­mil­iar feel­ing as did Mount Le­in­ster Rangers in Dr Cullen Park. In St Con­leth’s Park, Ro­nan Sweeney rolled back the years. Ditto Leighton Glynn in Aughrim. In Drogheda, New­town Blues en­joyed home com­forts while in Ruis­lip Robert Em­met’s were de­throned by Kil­burn Gaels.

Snap­shots of an Oc­to­ber Sun­day. Col­lec­tively, no other Sun­day in the GAA cal­en­dar comes close.

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