Limerickman bids for All Ireland hurling title with Sligo

Limerickman bids for All Ireland hurling title with Sligo

A Limerick hurler chases All Ireland glory in Croke Park this Saturday – in the black and white of Sligo!

The Yeats County men play Louth in the Lory Meagher Cup Final at 1.30 on Saturday, a game televised live on TG4 from Croker, and Croom’s Cormac Behan will be wing forward.

The former Limerick minor hurler and footballer is seeking his second Lory Meagher Cup title and with different county teams.

Back in 2013 Behan and Cappamore’s Eamon Gleeson were on the Warwickshire team that won this title.

Behan was a student in Birmingham at that time but is now a radiographer in Sligo General Hospital.

“I played with Croom last year but around Christmas I was asked to join up with Sligo and have trained away with them since,” explained Behan, who turns 25 later this month.

“I am up here a year and a half and it was tough last year travelling down three and a half hours to play with Croom and then back up again. This year with Sligo have proven to be a great way to meet new people for me, whereas last year all I seemed to do was work and travel,” explained Behan.

“Any day that you play in Croke Park is great. It’s nice for the family and they will be up on Saturday and one or two from Croom,” he said.

Sligo lost this final last year and earlier in this championship they were beaten by Saturday’s final opposition.

”Louth are coming down from the Nicky Rackard so are strong. We had a man sent off after 15-minutes when we played them up in Louth. We only lost by four points and playing with 14-men eventually caught up with us. We were missing a few so hopefully this time round we can get the better of them,” explained Behan.

Sligo are managed by Offaly native Declan Loughnane and include Feohanagh native and former Mayo hurling boss Christy Philips in their backroom team.

“It’s mostly football or even soccer up here but great work is going into hurling. The U-17s are doing well at the moment and so are the U-21s – hopefully we can get some silverware on Saturday,” said Behan ahead of the fourth tier hurling championship final.

Also in Croke Park on Saturday will be Limerick referee JohnnyMurphy. The Ballylanders man will be in charge of the Nicky Rackard Cup Final between Mayo and Armagh at 3.30, a game which is part of a triple-header of finals on TG4.