ONE Galway man is certainly not getting carried away in advance of Sunday’s All Ireland senior hurling final between his native county and his home for many years, Kilkenny. John Mulholland is director of services with Kilkenny County Council and has a very pragmatic view on his county’s chances on Sunday. “Look, we’ve been in 25 finals and we have won only one four of them so I am not going to get carried away,” He said. Asked if this stance was an attempt to lure Kilkenny into a false sense of Caticipation, he said that it was not and that he was just expressing how he really felt. “I can see Kilkenny winning by a comfortable margin, eight points or so,” he opined. “You only get one chance at them and I don’t see them slipping up again as they did in the Leinster final,” he added.
Born close to the promenade in Salthill, on the outskirts of Galway city, John Mulholland is known for his easy manner and pragmatic approach so his view on the final is not a surprise. However his fear of the Cats won’t stop him wearing the maroon and white of his county and don’t be surprised if he slips into the Nore Bar, next to Greensbridge in the city on Sunday night, if the Tribesmen win, and starts singing: The West’s Awake. After all there is a musical background in the family. His daughter Claire got to the final stages of the All Ireland Talent Show on RTE television a few years ago. He’ll be hoping the Corribsiders, Leinster champions go one better.
And save a thought for Jimmy Walsh of Windgap GAA club who writes the Windgap-Tullahought notes for the Kilkenny People. His wife Therese is from East Galway and extremely proud of it. Her family have been deeply involved with Kilnadema Club in the hurling heartland and she has been wearing the Galway jersey all week.