I overheard a group of sheep farmers in Kilkenny mart on Monday commending with glee on the decision to open GAA headquarters early. Not knowing the full context my mind started to wander. A return of matches? Concerts? Another papal visit?

Well none of these were right, but the sheep farmers are delighted with a decision made by the GAA hierarchy to have Croker host the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha which takes place at the end of the month.