Mullane shows his true colours

June 08, 2018

John Mullane's famous words "I loves me county boi!" on display during the drawn 2016 All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash between Kilkenny and Waterford at Croke Park.
©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Former Waterford hurler John Mullane supported Limerick in his younger days, even wearing the colours of the Déise' opponents this Sunday on one occasion.

The Limerick Leader has unearthed a photo of a young Mullane wearing a Limerick hat squeezed in beside Limerick captain Joe O'Connor as he lifted the 1992 National Hurling League trophy.

Mullane explained to the Limerick Leader that it was a one day only support, but he admitted that Ciaran Carey was one of his favourite players of that era.

"There was a fella in my club Joey Carton, who is involved with the Munster Council. He is our clubman and coached myself and another chap Mark Dunphy when we were growing up and he used to bring us to all the matches back in the early '90s," said Mullane.

"Waterford weren't as strong back then in the early 90s so any game that we would go to, whomever Mark supported, I would support the opposite. That day, Mark was supporting Tipperary and I was supporting Limerick - he bought a Tipperary hat and I bought a Limerick hat. I picked the right team that day.

"I used to love Ciaran Carey in those years so that would have been a reason I was supporting Limerick. It goes to show what loyalty does and what lengths elder lads would go to, to keep lads interested.

"When I look back on my career, it certainly gave me the appetite to push on and play with my club and county."

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