By Damian Dolan.
Barry Morris has been here before, several times in fact. In his second spell in the John Mitchel’s hot seat, Morris, who doubles as club chairman, has helped bring the Liverpool side back to where all connected feel it should be, rubbing shoulders with the best junior clubs from across the water in the All Ireland Club Championship.
Morris was at the helm when Mitchel’s made it all the way to Croke Park in 2009, but who would have thought it would be another four years before the club would again get the chance to embark on another All Ireland adventure.
For Morris, as for the club’s other survivors from 2009 – John McDermott, Philip Duddy, Sean Rice, Alan Brown and Paddy Mulligan among them – there’s still a sense of unfinished business.
“It will always be there in the back of your mind that, of course, you’d like to go one step further and do the ultimate, but the minute you take your eye off the game that’s forthcoming then that’s the one that will catch you out,” said Morris.
“The experience of 2009 will help us, but when you come up against club sides from home you’re talking about county minors or senior panellists. We know that these games are very much about who performs on the day. If our performance is good enough on Sunday then I’m sure we’ll get the right result.”
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