Christy Ring passed away on March 2, 1979, and remains the definitive Cork hurler. That’s saying something in a county that produced Jack Lynch, JBM, Joe Deane, Teddy Mac and more.
There were two victories in the period between Ring’s retirement as a player and his involvement at management level, they were in ‘66 and ‘70. Overall that makes it 11 All-Irelands with Ring to eight without, since World War 2.
The Shannonsiders will still take stopping this summer, as they showed in a right battle with Clare in Ennis last Sunday. RTÉ put the spotlight on Cian Lynch in their highlights and his range of passing and vision was astonishing given the conditions.
Howlett was interviewed by Denis Walsh in The Sunday Times where he explained what he would focus on with the group.
The timing couldn’t have been better for UCC, coming in the wake of a unique soccer-football-hurling treble in the Collingwood, Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups. That Fitz success was a genuine boost for the Cork core in the side, after the frustration of last year’s U21 All-Ireland final loss when Cork were unbackable favourites.
There’s no doubt that the new breed of Rebel has the pace, skill and swagger of your prototype Cork hurler, but it appears there’s more balance to the squad since Meyler and his selectors recalled a few older faces.