Moving right along with more material from “God and the Referees: Unforgettable GAA Quotations” — these are supposed to be the words of one Jon Kenny, encouraging his hurlers before a big match. A Kenny, true, but maybe (let us hope!) no relation of ours:
“Think of your fathers, think of your grandfathers, think of the men that died lads. Jaysus, lads, the men that died so that you could get out there with a small ball to puck around. So get out there lads, and let every blow lead to a feckin’ funeral. Don’t be afraid to break hurleys lads — there’s plenty of hurleys on the sideline– hit ’em hard, they’re no relation. I don’t want to see ye coming back in here with dirty jerseys, I want to see ye with bloodstained jerseys, so get out now boys… and enjoy yerselves.”
They do say that hurling can be a rather physical sport…
In a later posting I’ll talk a bit about the history of the Gaelic Athletic Association, which has had such a great impact on modern Ireland. Most of it good (despite some excesses).