You sense it must be like a drug to him. To the best of my knowledge, he’s a non drinker and non smoker. Furthermore, you never hear of him having any interest or involvement in other sporting codes.
Those are the reasons it was highly surprising to see Davy Fitzgerald step away from his role with the Cork camogie team immediately after their agonising defeat to Kilkenny in the O’Duffy Cup Final.
It makes an awful lot more sense now, though, on foot of the news that the legendary, inspirational man from Sixmilebridge is to return for a second stint as Waterford boss. It had been expected that was to take up a role in club management, with O’Callaghan’s Mills – home of the great PJ O’Connell – mentioned.
However, the enigmatic former custodian declared himself “Excited by the potential” at the disposal of the white and blue going forward. Something no doubt bolstered by the dramatic victory of Ballygunner in the All Ireland Club SHC last winter.
If there is one downside to Davy donning the Bainisteoir top once again, it lies in the fact that his insightful observations will be lost to the land of GAA punditry. Mind you, his latest venture could also be a major gain for the media or – the most likely outcome – a potent mix of the two. Because the one thing that’s a cast iron guarantee is that it won’t be boring with him about!