When we called to The Butts area of the city last Wednesday, Tommy Hayes, Liam Barry and Ger Barry were just finishing up with the last of their black-and-amber bunting on St Joseph’s Road.
Stepping down from the ladder before hanging the last of their flags, they took a few minutes to offer their thoughts on Kilkenny’s chances in this Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling final.
By now well stocked in black and amber, like the team they are experienced in preparing for the big day.
Tommy and Liam are both planning to be in Croke Park for the match, and season ticket holder Liam is optimistic about the team’s chances.
“We might sneak in under the radar,” he said. “Kilkenny isn’t the favourite so I think we could win by four or five points. We need ’em all fit and everybody playing well, but I think we can beat Tipp this year.”
All Kilkenny needs is a bit more black and amber on High Street, Tommy said.
And although he noted that he was wearing a Liverpool jersey while getting the hard work done, it’s surely because he wants his black and amber to be in top form for Sunday.