LIMERICK supporters were comforting themselves with green and white ice cream following the shock news Cian Lynch was unlikely to play in Sunday’s All Ireland Hurling Final showdown with Kilkenny.
However, not even a late departure of the Limerick hurler of the year could dampen the hunger of Limerick superfan Whacky Galvin, who declared, “We’ll skin the cats and take Liam MacCarthy Cup home for the third year in a row.”
The loss of the Patrickswell Prince of Hurling would be a blow to Limerick, but John Kiely’s charges have reached the final without Lynch, who has played only 15 minutes of championship hurling all year due to injury.
“It’s a huge blow, but at the same time we have a strength and depth on our subs bench and they have got us through the championship so far, so I wouldn’t worry too much about the Cian Lynch thing,” enthused Galvin.
“We have got this far without Cian, no disrespect to him, but I honestly think Limerick are good enough to win the final, with or without Cian. The team is strong enough.”
Galvin will be bringing his legendary green and white attire and craic to Hill 16 to lead his fellow Treatyites into battle.
With temperatures set to soar on match day in Dublin, Galvin will be “bringing the factor 50 suncream” into the Croke Park cauldron.
Building up his green and white base tan in the 21 degree Celsius heat in Limerick on Saturday, he joked: “We’ll be dressed like the Spaniards on Sunday.”
“I fancy our chances against Kilkenny because we owe them a couple of defeats, so hopefully we can get over the line against them this time.
“There’s definitely a good game in Limerick but we will have to get our act together and play the way we know we can if we are to beat Kilkenny.”
“This is a one off game and you have to throw everything into the basket, so I wouldn’t be holding back.”
Galvin, (56), said Limerick will also be seeking revenge on the Cats, who came out on top in 2007 when both counties last met in a senior hurling final at Croker.
Pledging his loyalty to the Limerick management team, Galvin joked: “They might ask me to come on at half time, I’m always available….”
Fellow Limerick superfan Pa Buckley was on his knees at his home in Ballinacurra Weston, praying his hurling heroes will beat Kilkenny by a cricket-score.
Surrounded by Limerick GAA memorabilia, photographs, flags, medals, bunting, and green cowboy hats, Buckley said a decade of the rosary just to make sure of a right result on Sunday, the day of our Lord himself.