Photo: Balls.ie (Sportsfile)
It’s a wet old morning here in the capital but it looks as if the deluge is finally easing off. It may even be dry for this afternoon’s All-Ireland hurling final at Croke Park.
It’s impossible as a neutral not to be torn about who you’d like to see win this one. Who in their right mind wouldn’t want Waterford to end a gap that stretches all the way back to 1959? Equally, you’d need to be sadly lacking in empathy not to wish that Galway would finally end a sequence of final losses that, while paling against our own House of Pain, now numbers six since they last tasted glory in 1988.
Whichever way today’s historic Liam McCarthy Cup decider goes it’ll end a long famine in either Waterford or Galway. Much and all as I’d like the Deise to enjoy the sweet taste of All-Ireland success, the West is the West. And so I simply have to root for Galway today.
It’s been a great GAA summer this year west of the Shannon. Now, with the evenings drawing in and the first hints of cold in the air, it’s time to bring the harvest in. What a September it would be if Galway win the hurling today and our two football teams do likewise in two and three weeks time respectively.
So the best of luck to the neighbours today. Up the West. C’mon Galway.