Jim Carroll

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Cork bet and the hay saved. And Radiohead have left town too.

Ah, yesterday did the heart good as a team of Premier County young guns took the fight to Cork and came away victorious. It was a fantastic performance from a team who are just getting better and better as the …

Mon, Jun 9, 2008, 09:52


Ah, yesterday did the heart good as a team of Premier County young guns took the fight to Cork and came away victorious. It was a fantastic performance from a team who are just getting better and better as the year goes on. Best of all, they didn’t panic when Cork went ahead or when Cathal Naughton was dancing jigs in midfield. They just cooled the jets and faced down Cork again and again and again. Eoin Kelly’s goal was a peach, but it was also brilliant to see Liam Sheedy throwing on Michael Webster to run rings around Diarmuid O’Sullivan. That’s when you knew it was going to be a Tipp-top day.

But I don’t think I’ve ever heard as much rubbish before any match as the guff about this Tipp-not-beating-Cork-in-Cork-since-the-dawn-of-time. And believe me, I’ve heard a lot of hurling guff down through the years. Yeah, they hadn’t won there in 80 years, but there had only been six Cork v Tipp games by the Lee in that time. I listened to Micheal O Muircheartaigh’s first half commentary on the radio and he never stopped going on about it. That and the fact that O Muircheartaigh’s commentary was hugely biased to the team in red (oh yes, it was) sent me to the TV and the rather flat Marty Morrissey view on what was happening on the pitch.

O Muircheartaigh also treated the overcrowding issue very lightly, saying it would be good for the spectators to get close to the action. What, to get a belt of a hurley from Conor O’Mahony or Ben O’Connor? To get trampled on by a rampaging Seán Óg Ó hAilpín? No, the Munster council, Cork GAA and the Pairc Ui Chaoimh mandarins were very lucky no-one was hurt or seriously injured. We always knew that over-crowding was not just something which happened on Hill 16 when the Dubs are playing so lets hope this is take seriously and never happens again. Trying to blame it on the design of the tickets or people coming late to the ground (as some Munster council goon claimed on Morning Ireland this morning) is not good enough. This could be Babs all over again and we don’t want that.

It was interesting that former Clare keeper Davy Fitzgerald (on last night’s Sunday Game) was the only one to pick up on how hard it must have been for Brendan Cummins to mind the Tipp net surrounded by that kind of crowd. Remember that he saved a penalty and a couple of other dead-cert goals with a couple of hundred red shirts standing right behind him. At last Cummins has an even temper – I’d hate to think what would have happened if it was Cork v Clare and someone started to have a go at Fitzgerald, a man easily riled when he was playing inter-county hurling.

Anyway, enough about the big game. I hear the gig from this blog’s favourite laughing boys Radiohead at Malahide Castle was a hoot altogether. Anyone know if this really was the first ever non-smoking open-air gig in Ireland? Anyone cycle? Anyone have their bike nicked? Anyone have a good time?

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