Some moments in sport are truly unforgettable. On the field more often than not, but every so often a piece of commentary or analysis will transcend the humble confines of the studio or the airwaves and take its place in immortality. Moments like, "They think it's all over...it is now!" from Kenneth Wolstenholm during the 1966 World Cup. Moments like Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh's "Sean Og O hAilpin - his father's from Fermanagh, his mother's from Fiji, neither a hurling stronghold".
But rarely is there an extended piece of commentary that is remembered for the ages. Commentary of such poetry that it even threatens to surpass what happens on the field of play. Today, that piece of commentary was produced by RTE's Marty Morrissey.
When the words "We now hand you over to our commentary team" are uttered, we do not tend to sit up in our seats and take notice. What follows tends to be eloquent and intelligent but forgotten as soon as the ball is thrown in. Today, however, there were shivers up more than one spine as the nation stopped and listened to an extraordinary address from Morrissey.
Referencing Irish around the world, the 1916 rising, the warriors on the field and those whom the GAA has lost over the past year, these poetic words from Marty will draw a tear from even the most hardened of full-backs.
And there was widespread appreciation for the much-beloved Clareman during his piece.
— Samantha Long (@SamanthaELong) September 4, 2016
— Niamh Breslin (@NiamhyB) September 4, 2016
— Darragh McMahon (@kilcullen123) September 4, 2016
Marty Morrissey, freeing us Irishmen from our emotional awkwardness since 1994.