In his garage on Urlingford’s main street, Michael Quinlan is hard at work, servicing a car. His premises is really neat and he leaves down the wrench before coming over to talk with the Kilkenny People. A Gortnahoe man in exile, he won’t go the match on Sunday but will be glued to the television, hoping for a Tipperary win.
He lives in Johnstown but could never shout for anyone else but Tipp and will bring out the blue and gold flag on Monday, provided Tipp win on Sunday.
“I think they’ll will win it because their forwards are so fast and so lively,” he said honestly. He makes his living in Urlingford but is unrepentant about his support for his native county. He claimed that Tipperary should be going for a three in a row. “If it wasn’t for a couple of real good saves from PJ Ryan in 2009 we would have won and would be going for the three in a row” he said.
“Having said that, there won’t be a lot in it,” he added covering his tracks and not wanting to upset Urlingford and Johnstown people.
His wife Nellie is from Johnstown and of course she will be shouting for Kilkenny as will their children. He says it can be difficult being a lone voice but added that they will have the old craic in the days leading up to the match and on the day of the game.
Phyllis Carroll from Urlingford comes into the garage and is adamant that Kilkenny win because they have the better players and to make up for last year. Michael just smiles in response.