My Day As Mascot For The Tipperary Senior Hurling Team

 

Wow! What a day I had. It was just so cool. The day was Sunday 14th March, the venue was Semple Stadium, and the match was between Tipperary and Galway, and I was chosen to be mascot for the Tipp team. What an honour. When the phone call came to my Dad the previous Sunday night we couldn’t believe it. Mammy had been reading the Tipp Supporters Club email when she saw the article on the mascot and she emailed back my details. She never thought for one minute that my name would come out. Now this was a real reason to get my new Tipp jersey! We received phone calls from John Coman and he gave us all the details of what would happen on the day. When I heard I was going to be in the TippFM commentary box with Paddy Finucane and Tom McGrath I was a little bit nervous. I had to email a photo of myself to Ger Corbett who is the programme editor. This photo was going to be in the programme on the day.
          We met John Coman when we got to Semple Stadium and he gave us some nice goodies. Mammy was thrilled with her umbrellas!! He then brought us to our seats and said he’d be back to us around 2.15. We were watching the football match between Tipp and Meath and this went on a bit longer than planned. Well done Tipp footballers – great win.
     Then it was time for my glory moment. John returned to us and myself and my Dad went down with him onto the pitch. John was really nice to us. Then I heard the roar erupting from the crowd – the Tipp team were charging out onto the pitch as high as kites.I was on stand-by to run for the bench when I saw the lads coming to have their photo taken. Nicely in place with Eoin Kelly on my right and Shane McGrath on my left I smiled for the cameras. Next came the photo with both captains and the referee.
               When the photos were done John took myself and Dad up to the TippFM commentary box and I watched the first half of the match from up there. I got to wear headphones like Paddy Finucane and Tom McGrath. After the first half was over Paddy asked me some questions about my favourite Tipp players and my camogie with my local club Drom & Inch. Then I got to say hello to my family and friends and would you believe I left out one of my uncles – he was not impressed!! It was all over then and John brought me back to my Mam.
        What a day I had. I will never forget it and I have the photos to show everybody. I would like to say a big thank-you to John Coman for being so kind to me on the day and for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime.
 

                                            Lucy Cunningham.

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