The friendly staff at a doctor’s surgery on Patrick Street are swapping the black and amber for the blue and gold for one day only as they lend their support to the Banner county.
Avid Kilkenny supporters Anglea Power and Helen Fitzpatrick were happy to wear the Clare jersey behind the reception of Dr Tony McGuane’s surgery and are more than happy to cheer the Banner County on in this Sunday’s All Ireland hurling final against Cork.
“Dr McGuane has supported Kilkenny for long enough. I am happy to cheer Clare on and I hope that they win,” said Helen. Excitement has been building in the surgery over the past number of weeks and a large Clare flag has been hanging proudly in the foyer and a number of Clare teddy bears have taken up residency in the surgery.
Dr McGuane from Kilrush in Co Clare is a well known doctor in the city and has lived in the Marble City for the past 28 years. “I am quietly confident that we will do it on Sunday even though Cork are favourites. It is great that I have the chance to show my colours, there are two doctors working here and the other doctor is from Kilkenny so I am well used to supporting the Cats. I will always support Kilkenny over any team apart from Clare. It is great to see such support for Clare in Kilkenny this year,” he said.
Dr McGuane has attended 29 All-Ireland finals, including momentous wins by Clare in 1995 and 1997 and the 2002 final when Clare lost at the hands of the Cats.
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