Forget everything they taught you in Geography at school – Limerick is now, according to the GAA’s match scheduling department, officially half-way between Mayo and Kerry. Just like Sligo and Roscommon and Galway are and I suppose Tipperary is too (that’s why our U21 semi-final with the Kingdom took their earlier this year). And that, presumably, is why Saturday’s minor semi-final has been switched from Ennis (a short hop across the ferry and a skip up the road from Kerry) to Limerick (no hop on the ferry required and an even shorter skip from Kerry).
According to those nice people at the AA, here are a few relevant stats on the distances involved for the two sets of supporters next Saturday:
- Killarney to Limerick: 110.89 Km
- Castlebar to Limerick: 176.39 Km
- Tralee to Limerick: 102.04 Km
- Ballina to Limerick: 208.26 Km
- Cahirciveen to Limerick: 158.21 Km
- Belmullet to Limerick: 270.54 Km
So, Limerick it is. Limerick that’s on the way to Dublin and, hence, a handy stopping-off point for all those Kerry supporters heading back up to Croker for the senior rematch with Cork the following day. Limerick that’s hours and hours away from Mayo and so will be a right pain in the hole to get to for our supporters. Limerick that I could drive to with my eyes closed, given that I’ve been up and down the N7 from Dublin so often these last few years and so, seeing as it is Limerick and it looks like support for our lads could be in short supply, a trip I think I’ll be doing again this Saturday. Limerick which isn’t our happy hunting ground (that’s Ennis, by the way). Limerick. With a 3.30pm throw-in. On Saturday.
Oh, by the way, the ref is a certain Eddie Kinsella from Laois. Now, if this gent turns out to be as big as bollocks as our friend from the Erne County last Sunday, I’m going to be really pissed off. And I mean REALLY pissed off …