Sligo intermediate team train in the bog in an act that shows everything great about the GAA
What makes a GAA club special.
It's all hands on deck when there's turf to be footed. We're not blessed with the good weather too often in Ireland so when the sun's out and the bogs are drying, you have to strike while the iron is hot and get the turf in for the winter months.
A day in the bog is always a busy one and any man who's spent his summer out on Ireland's wetlands will tell you that they're glad to see the back of it for another year.
The turf has to be done in that small window of opportunity and unfortunately for Enniscrone/Kilglass club man Keith Mullaney, injury looked like it would prevent him from getting the big job done.
But as is so often the case in Ireland, there's always hope when you've a GAA club behind you. How many times in the past have we seen club members row in behind each other for the greater good of their own members? How many times have we seen lads volunteer to make their GAA club a better one?
With Keith out of action and his turf hanging in the balance his teammates stood in and many hands were soon making light work. A long haul, a gruelling, physical test if your down a few men, when you've an army behind you, the craic flows, the time flies and the turf seems like an easy job.
So when the Enniscrone lads met for training on a summer's evening, it was far from backs and forwards and shuttle runs they were preparing for.
Instead, they were psyching themselves up to give Keith a hand in his hour of need.
The intermediate team and management swapped the training field for the bog tonight, helping out injured teammate/selector @KeithMullaney who picked up a nasty Achilles injury at the weekend. All the best Keith in your recovery! pic.twitter.com/UyT1CV4m7o
— Enniscrone/Kilglass (@enniskilgaa) May 22, 2018
Cheers to the lads for there help again at the weekend much appreciated great training 😀👍👍 pic.twitter.com/W6a82bgfkl
— keith mullaney (@KeithMullaney) June 5, 2018
There was a great turnout for the alternative training session that many indeed, would say is far more punishing than anything you could do on the football field.
That's good for the team spirit, that's better than any gym, that's the type of work that builds characters , but in any event, the club should be commended for a fantastic gesture for an injured comrade.