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Fermanagh fired up to earn a shot at more Croke Park cup success

Hurling

By John Campbell

Renowned RTE Radio GAA personality Micheál O Muircheartaigh gained prominence for the many asides he threw into his always passionate commentaries on matches.

At the top of most people's list is the Kerry native's then succinct analysis of the background of Cork legend Seán Óg Ó hAilpín which was lobbed in when a match was at its most enthralling: "And there goes Ó hAilpín, his father's from Fermanagh and his mother is from Fiji neither of which can be regarded as hurling strongholds."

Yet current Fermanagh boss Sean Duffy might just have something to say about that. When his side face Lancashire in the Lory Meagher Cup today, they will be bidding to take another step towards the final at Croke Park. And should they succeed in attaining this objective, it will be the fourth occasion on which they will play at Headquarters in six years.

They won the Lory Meagher Cup at Headquarters in 2015 after losing the 2012 and 2014 finals.

"I thought the boys showed great character in beating Leitrim last week-end and although Lancashire are an unknown quantity to us, we will have our guard up today," says Duffy. It's that cautious approach that should stand to the Ernemen on this occasion.

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