Coming quickly after GAA president John Horan, in the course of his Sunday Game interview, brought clarity to what was obvious anyway, that there could be no consideration of a return to play in contact sports like Gaelic football and hurling (and by extension ladies football and camogie) as long as social distancing on the street and in the workplace was still being implemented.
It is, as Alan Brogan reflected last year, an odd quirk of Dublin's uprising in 2011 that supporters will "regale you endlessly about where they were when Clucko put the ball over the bar in the All-Ireland final or their opinion on that infamous semi-final victory over Donegal."
He was a bull as they saw it and a wild bull at that, but he was theirs now, ready to knock spots off the m. Alan Mangan first heard the news in Gran Canaria, initially presuming it just mischief. Páidí Ó Sé, that Kerry institution, was coming to manage Westmeath, all the way from Ventry. But the hullabaloo aroused at home soon caught a persuasive wind and, within hours of landing in Las Palmas, three of them were exploring options for early flights home.
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