Who is Shane Regan?
When the Galway team were announced over the tannoy and the names displayed on the screen, Galway centre-back Shane Kavanagh must have wondered was his return to the Galway jersey, done with a name change included.
Kavanagh who missed out on a Leinster championship medal last year when he fell out of favour with management and was brought back in the Galway panel this year. He was one of the few Galway players that did themselves justice in the Leinster final, but he failed to either hear his name or see it with the matching photo displayed as either the Leinster Council or Croke Park made a major boo boo, by calling him Shane Regan.
Fortunately however the programme did get Shane Kavanagh’s name right. However Galway supporters were wondering who is Shane Regan named at number six.
When Galway played Wexford in the All-Ireland camogie championship on Saturday, the National Anthem was paid little notice. Players and management from both sides were still trying to get into the usual huddle for the playing of the tune that should bring everyone to a standstill once it commences.
However two seasoned veterans of sport, Galway centre-back Therese Maher, and mentor, Carnmore’s Declan Walsh, were the only two on the field that showed proper respect to the National Anthem, standing where they were when the anthem commenced. There was a time when all players were in position on the field and there was none of the modern day huddles and the National Anthem was given much more respect.
In 1961 Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space and that seems a lifetime ago. Yet what an honour it was for Jimmy Grey who played on the Dublin team that year to be asked to present the Bob O’Keeffe Cup to the captain of the Dublin team after winning the Leinster title on Sunday last.
Dublin are now just two games away from an All-Ireland title as the Metropolitans bid for what would be only their seventh All Ireland senior hurling title with a team that are almost all Dublin born. We pose the question: ‘How many Dublin born players have won All-Ireland senior hurling medals playing for Dublin?’. If Dublin win the elusive title this year, the answer will be published in this column that week.
Once again Michael Meehan saved Galway blushes as the Tribesmen nearly lost to Waterford on Saturday. Regarded as the weakest team left in the championship, it would have been a shattering day for Galway football, only for Meehan’s goal. However after the Mayo debacle two wins can be added to, but we all acknowledge that a huge improvement is needed if there is any further advancement in the All-Ireland senior football championship this year.