So I’m back. Well, after a fashion. We got back off our holliers last week and normality has once again begun to make its gravitational pull count. Seeing as this place has been part of normal life for me for several years now, I guess it’s worth sticking my head round the door to see if everything is still standing.
In another sense, of course, I haven’t been away at all. Just lurking there in the background, sifting through the comments – close to 500 of them on the most recent post, which went up two weeks ago today – and stepping in to deal with the odd few objectionable ones. In that respect, it’s been gratifying to see that these have been very much the exception rather than the norm.
But, of course, the fact that I’m back doesn’t mean you can expect a welter of activity here on the site over the next while. Our inter-county year finished up close on two months ago at senior level and more recently the U20 final and the ladies’ defeat at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage (which never got a mention here as I was in full-on holiday mode at that stage) brought down the curtain on all of our inter-county action for 2018.
So, for nearly another five months, we’re still in closed season mode from an inter-county perspective. There’ll, no doubt, be a bit to talk about off the field while the on-field focus shifts, in the shorter-term at least, to the club championships.
As regards the latter there’ll be some developments to share before too long, as there are podcast plans in the works. All will be revealed there shortly.
Aside from that, it’ll be the usual diet from the off-season menu here on the site over the next while, albeit minus any interest in things like the All-Stars on this occasion, as the impact of summer underachievement continues to be felt well into the back-end of the year. To be honest, from a footballing point of view the sooner we all forget about 2018 and start afresh next year, the better.
It’s a shame to end, though, on such a downbeat note. So let’s not do this and instead finish up by extending hearty congrats to Limerick’s hurlers. Close on a decade ago a book on Limerick hurling, entitled Unlimited Heartbreak, was published but yesterday’s All-Ireland victory by the Shannonsiders finally opened the way to the writing of an upbeat sequel. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll one day get to escape in the same way from our own House of Pain.