No other Sunday comes close
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.