Hurling: One for the road

    Happy hurlers: Alfresco entertainment is super

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    Pic: Martin Doheny

    THE sporting eyes of Ireland, right across Europe indeed and much further afield were no doubt firmly focused on Croke Park at the weekend.

    It was no different in the progressive and vibrant hamlet of Johnswell where hurling aficionados in particular enjoyed two wonderful days of fun and games.

    On Saturday, men, women and children enjoyed the annual festival of road hurling where participants pucked for all they were worth, hammering a sliotar, or a ball at least, around local roads.

    As usual there was a great turnout and the craic was mighty at an event that might well be termed the area’s aperitif before All-Ireland senior and minor hurling finals on Sunday.

    Health and safety was a priority but as those who may hit a hurling ball regularly and those who seldom if ever play the game enjoyed their road romp, traffic was not hampered and canines still had lots of room to pee.

    The aperitif, we suspect, was at Brennan’s Bar at the heart of the local parish where Ann Dunphy pours the finest pints of porter in Mother Ireland.

    The aperitif was at the end of a few hours of great sport.

    One for the road was the order of the evening.