By Damian Dolan.
London’s clash with Leitrim in Carrick on Shannon on Sunday will test county and family loyalties to the limit in the Lorcan Mulvey household.
The London star forward’s parents both hail from Carrick and not only did the young Mulvey grow up cheering for Leitrim, he was at Hyde Park in 1994 when they won their last Connacht title, beating Mayo 0-12 to 2-4.
To make matters worse, it was Mulvey’s tally of 1-2 that went along way to helping the Exiles overcome Sligo at Ruislip, and in doing so give the Mulvey’s and Guckian’s (his mother’s maiden name) of Leitrim a difficult decision to make on Sunday.
“It’ll be a big Mulvey day out,” said the London forward, whose uncle Joe Guckian played for Leitrim in the 70s and 80s while his uncle Tom Guckian is on the Leitrim county board.
“My mother and father are on the fence at the moment. I think we’ll have to put them in one of the boxes out of harm’s way – I don’t know which way they’re going to sway. I put the question to them and they said they’ll cheer for both and we’ll see how it turns out.
“They’ll be happy enough either way. I’d safely say I’ll have at least ten aunties, uncles and cousins there. I can’t imagine any of them not being at it.
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