The GAA revolution happening in Offaly this weekend

There’s something different in the air in Offaly this weekend.

There’s an extra buzz around South Offaly, a buzz around St.Brendan’s Park, it’’s like Christmas has prolonged it’s stay because hurling is coming back to Birr. For the last nine years St.Brendan’s Park as sat in silence, gates locked, grass blowing in the wind with not a sliothar nor hurl in sight, as 40 kilometers away handful of supporters travelled to support the men in green, white and gold. But this weekend St.Brendan’s Park will not sit in silence.

From early Sunday morning both children and adults will awake with excitement, almost as if it was County final day and your club was favourites to win. The frying pans will sizzle all over South Offaly and prayers will be said hoping for a win and Inter-County hurling to stay in Birr. The old supporters will brush the dust off their Offaly gear, elated that the protest not to go to games in Tullamore is over. The priest will struggle to shout over the men talking down the back of Sunday morning mass talking of young Kiely from Kilcormac and Mulrooney from Seir Kieran, and how Cody will be back for a win after the DIT defeat on Wednesday night. “Padraig Horan was talking to the paper, The Independent” will be whispered down the back in the mass huddle, he said “Things haven’t been the same in Offaly since the games were taken out of Birr. The support hasn’t been anything like what it was and the atmosphere just isn’t the same in Tullamore.” “

Joe Bergin is one of the few members of the current Offaly panel who will remember playing in St.Brendans Park Birr Credit: Ray McManus Sportsfile

Joe Bergin is one of the few members of the current Offaly panel who will remember playing in St.Brendans Park Birr Credit: Ray McManus Sportsfile

The thousands will travel from north Tipp, Offaly, Galway and Laois to watch the mighty battle of the ‘Cats’ and Offaly. The stakes are high for the men underneath the Offaly jersey. Eamonn Kelly is rebuilding for a new era of Offaly success. There will be no stone left unturned by Birr GAA, every seat will be filled, the terrace will be black with people, the roar when Offaly arrive on the field will be heard across the town. 

A vast majority of supporters for hurling to return to Birr have posted all over social media the last number of years. To quote the women in sports campaign during the summer “Turn those tweets into bums on seats.” For this experience will not be one to be missed and will stay with you for years to come.

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