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Biting Back: Who says the GAA doesn't do surrealism?

By Declan Bogue

On Sunday, Limerick's Seamus Hickey was being presented with his man-of-the-match award, having played an incredible part in their All-Ireland hurling semi-final defeat to Kilkenny.

As Dáithi Regan said on radio next evening, seldom can so many have played out of their skins yet still ended up on the losing side. Hickey was heroic.

Interviewed after by RTÉ, Hickey tread a line between composure and all-out devastation as he talked through the events of the last couple of hours.

Anyone watching would have been drawn into the utterly compelling nature of his speech, and how he managed just about to keep his emotions in check. It was absolutely riveting.

Kilkenny have no interest in sentiment though, and together the two of them combined in torrential rain to give us a display of everything you could ever wish for in a game of hurling. Forgive us for slipping into 'Hurling Man Talk', but it was manly and full-blooded.

Then, they awarded him man-of-the-match, and panned out to show the sponsors on his left. There, apropos of absolutely nothing, was a man in full Arab robes and headdress, with a falcon – an ill-judged move from Etihad to deliver the matchday whistle to the referee that went wrong – perched on his hand.

It was pure Monty Python. To find out more, just Google Seamus Hickey. You won't be disappointed.

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