Up the Maggin! From Under-11s to legend Noel Hickey, All-Ireland fever grips Kilkenny club
DUNNAMAGGIN is a sea of green and gold as the Kilkenny club prepares for its big day out in Croke Park on Sunday.
Kilmoganny has been festooned in the club’s colours as their club prepares to do battle with Castleblayney of Monaghan in the All-Ireland club junior hurling decider.
The occasion has captured the hearts and imaginations of people of all ages – from the under-11s who are looking forward to getting a runout on the hallowed turf of Croke Park at half-time, to the club’s most decorated senior player.
Noel Hickey has taken home All-Ireland medals from Croke Park no fewer than nine times during a glittering inter-country career under Brian Cody.
Now the legendary full-back wants to bring back a 10th All-Ireland – but this time with his beloved club.
Hickey’s last appearance in the black and amber came as a late substitute in the 2012 All-Ireland final replay win over Galway. It was the last time he expected to grace GAA headquarters on the field of play.
In an interview with GAA.ie, the 35-year-old said victory on Sunday would be even more special given his club is involved this time.
“You start with the club and you finish with the club. Whereas you play with Kilkenny, it’s great to win the All-Irelands but you kind of drift away from a lot of players,” he said.
“With the club, you’ll be there in a year’s time, ten year’s time – whatever. Hopefully, we’ll look back on this and it’ll be a day we remember in the parish.”
PICTURE: Under-11’s jersey hang out in the line ahead of Sunday’s big trip to Croke Park.
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