If there was any man who could put words to the emotion of Manorhamilton’s historic Senior Hurling Championship victory, then Gary Hickey was the perfect man to do so – and he didn’t disappoint.
Asked what it meant for Manorhamilton, Gary told the Observer “That means 54 years Manor is waiting for our first hurling title, it is unbelievable.
“I can’t thank the Dolan family, Mick Galvin, Eugene Clancy, none just them, the people that started me off hurling, my grandfather, Mick O’Brien in the town – we wouldn’t have hurling in this club only for Michael O’Brien, I can’t thank them enough. It is an unbelievable feeling.”
Gary paid tribute to both his team-mates and Carrick and highlighted the hurt from last year as a driving force in this victory – “It was just heart-breaking last year, we thought we had it won but look, the game of hurling, everyone thought Carrick had the beating of us but it can change in the matter of a second.
“Carrick aren’t champions for no reason, Carrick have done the 12 titles in a row, that is what we want to emphasise. Carrick have been there, they have great hurlers, Kevin Glancy has had them hurling and he is a brilliant manager but I don’t think Carrick will begrudge us one title, they’ll always be back.
“I was worried in the second half, it was a hard thing for me to come off but I was seeing double vision. The lads lifted it another gear. We have 25 boys there and it is unbelievable, you don’t know the feeling – that is our first hurling title. I wasn’t really able to see, every man on that field gave it their all.”