The possibility of a Leitrim hurling team running out on the hallowed turf of Croke Park in a competitive match is now just 60 minutes from being a reality.
Leitrim senior hurling champions Carrick-on-Shannon created history last November when they became the first team from the county, in hurling or football, to win a provincial club title.
Beating Galway champions Ballygar in the Connacht club JHC final was a monumental achievement for the Leitrim side and now they are just one game away from lining out in Croke Park.
Standing in their way are a formidable Castleblayney Faughs (Monaghan) side and Carrick captain James Glancy admits that they really are heading into the unknown in Sunday's semi final at Cusack Park, Mullingar.
“New territory I suppose, nobody knows what to expect from the match itself except we’re up against a good team,” Glancy told the Leitrim Observer.
“I suppose we just have to focus on getting our own performance on the day. Even training through the winter was new territory for the team to come out the other side of the winter and to be looking forward to a game is great.
“Bottom line is we do need to get a performance in because anything less, a strong team like Castleblayney are going to punish you so it is key to get a performance in.”