Banning hurling from the streets of Carrick-on-Suir - surely not?

Some of the best hurlers ever to play the game pucked a sliothar along the road to and from school - and when a sliothar wasn’t available a tin can would have done.

Some of the best hurlers ever to play the game pucked a sliothar along the road to and from school - and when a sliothar wasn’t available a tin can would have done.

It was the most natural thing in the world for young hurling fanatics - the hurley and sliothar almost as imporant as the schoolbooks.

And one of the game’s greatest ever goalkeepers, Brendan Cummins, who retired from inter-county hurling last week, surely did the same around the roads of Ardfinnan and Ballybacon. It’s how young players honed their skills away from the playing pitch. In urban areas, the puck-arounds were on the streets.

But not anymore in Carrick-on-Suir if some councillors have their way. In the home town of Maurice Davin, a founder of the GAA, and one of the few towns of its size in the country with three GAA clubs, there is a move to ban hurling on the street.

The sentiments behind it are genuine, with concerns about anti-social behaviouir and cruelty to animals involving hurleys.

But banning hurling on the streets in Carrick! Surely not. What would Maurice Davin think or those great Carrick hurlers who gave such service to the Swan, Davins, St Mollerans, Tipperary and Waterford?

Michael Heverin

Editor