TO the untrained eye, it looks like another ordinary transaction but as Mary Kelly hands over the money for her shopping to Margaret Tone at the Centra supermarket on Urlingford’s Main Street, other things are going on in in the background. Mary is from Gortnahoe, on the far side of the Tipperary border and although she lives with her family and husband Sean Kelly in Urlingford, she is Tipp through and through.
Behind the till, Margaret Tone serves her with courtesy and kindness but is a pure Cat. She sticks to her prediction of a Kilkenny win. “We should do it by two or three points,” she said.
She has no problem selling the blue and gold ribbons at the check-out. “There is plenty of room for everybody’s point of view,” she said. And she loves the Tipperary people coming into the town “They are great craic and it is good fun and I’d wish them the best of luck,” she said diplomatically.
Mary Kelly thinks The Premier county will win and do so by a good margin, adding that it will all come down to the day.
Another Centra customer who wouldn’t miss the game for the world is Mick Tone from Freshford. “Kilkenny will win if we get the breaks. The big difference this year is that we have our full team. We were short four or five last year and Shefflin getting injured was an awful blow,” he said.
Kitty Tone is at the cold foods stand and admitted that she will be shouting for Tipperary. “I’d say there won’t be much between then. And when she was asked who would win it she said: “Tipperary of course.”
Nicholas O’Mahony is fromTwo-Mile-Borris and is a serious Tipperary supporter who has no doubt in the world what will happen on Sunday. “Last year was the year for Kilkenny to win and their heart is gone. They have to start all over again for the five in a row. We’re closer to a five in a row than they are,” he said. He may live to regret those words.