AT THE unveiling of the Mick Mackey statue in Castleconnell in May Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh said: “Limerick was always a hurling county, a truly hurling county.”
“It is something I cannot understand – there must be no fairness in who ever decides who wins,” said the GAA legend.
Wherever Mick Mackey went success followed, and sure enough, a few weeks after the statue was erected in his honour the silver cup is pictured beside his bronze monument.
One of many to see the Munster Cup brought by Limerick’s and Ahane’s Niall Moran and Eamonn Meskell, selector, on Monday evening was Greg Mackey.
The son of Mick Mackey joined other Ahane GAA legends like Gerry Piggott and Willie Keane.
“It was brilliant to see all the kids and they all dressed up in their Limerick and Ahane gear.
“Niall Moran signed all their jerseys and all their hurleys. Himself and Eamonn couldn’t do enough for them, it was beautiful to see,” said Greg.
Three of his grandchildren - Ele, Tara and Erin - were also in the crowd.
“Turlough Herbert [Chairman of Ahane GAA Club] gave a great speech and said now the statue of Mick was here in the village he could bring us a bit of luck,” said Greg.
Well the greatest hurler of all has already worked his magic, with hopefully more to come.
“There will be great sport on August 18. You never know, there could be another cup coming back and we wish them well,” said Greg.
After all the photos were taken and jerseys signed everyone went back to the clubhouse where with impeccable timing the Munster Minor Cup arrived.
It was accompanied by their four minor heroes - Tom Morrissey, Stephen Power, Jeffrey Enright and Paul O’Halloran.
Former Limerick hurler and Ahane GAA’s coaching officer, James Moran, said it was a special occasion to have the two cups in the club for the first time since 1940.
He says it was a great evening because you had youngsters as well as a lot of the older generations who would have played down through the years for club and county.
“All the underage teams from U8 to U14 got to meet their heroes and get autographs and photos taken with them and the cups,” said James.
To each and everyone in attendance it will be a night that will live long in the memory.
From being starved of success, Limerick is hungry for more and they have Mick Mackey’s statue bringing them good luck, and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh backing them too.