So, we’re ‘the Larries’, apparently. That’s the nickname we’ve been labelled with for GAA purposes. Meath are the Royals, Kerry are the Kingdom and we’re, well, we’re the bloody Larries.
That’s what one would believe if you checked the wikipedia entry for Longford GAA, which must have been first port of call for some busy hack at rte.ie who posted a headline prior to the Wexford game, asking ‘Could 2012 be the year of the Larries?’
The floodgates were open, and in following reports we got, ‘Larries salvage draw against Wexford’, and then, a week later, ‘Larries fall to late Wexford surge’. Another weary-eyed journalist in ‘The Evening Herald’ either visited the RTÉ website or wikipedia because they got in on the act proclaiming us ‘The Larries’ in another article on the Wexford game.
The ‘Irish Independent’ were on the ball at the weekend and questioned where the nickname came from. Apparently, the ‘nickname’ comes from a bit of banter on a GAA online forum when one individual came up with the gem during a concentrated session of taking-the-mick. His inspiration for ‘The Larries’ appears to be none other than show band legend Larry Cunningham.
Someone obviously liked the name and quickly added it to the wikipedia page. For those that don’t know, wikipedia is an online reference guide where anyone can make an entry on any topic. For journalists, or academics, as my old English teacher used to say: “avoid like the plague.”
This is a story that proves the age-old adage, always check your sources. If there was any doubt all was not well on the Longford GAA entry on wikipedia then the following statement should spell it out: “Contrary to popular belief, St Mel’s College is not in Longford and so does not merit a mention. That building at the end of the avenue is a cardboard cut-out.”
After much investigation, The Longford Leader can reveal that St. Mel’s College is all brick and mortar and firmly rooted in Longford town. Larry Cunningham is still a showband legend. Meanwhile, ‘the Larries’ is just a bunch of nonsense.