Forget about the weather, or what Michael Noonan is contemplating doing in the Budget – as the weekend nears, the big conversational topic on Shannonside is what’s going to happen in Croke Park on Sunday. Yes, the All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Limerick and Clare has us all in a state of excitement.
Commentators are already describing this year’s All-Ireland hurling series as the greatest ever; never so open; never so many upsets – with the great Kilkenny and Tipperary teams not even making the last four.
Croke Park will be a sea of green on Sunday with over 30,000 Limerick fans expected to make the journey, and they should well outnumber our close neighbours and good friends from Clare.
Whatever happens on the day, it has been a great year for Limerick hurling. A Munster title and a first visit back to an All-Ireland semi-final since the disappointment of 2007. The entire county is craving a first All-Ireland championship victory since 1973, but it would be disrespectful to a hugely talented Clare team to look beyond this Sunday’s match.
The men in green and white have given a huge psychological lift to everyone here during one of the best summers we have had in many years. Who knows, when we look back on 2013, perhaps we will be describing it as the best ever for sport and weather.
In the meantime, there remains only one thing to say ... Come on Limerick!