Joe Canning finally clinched the All-Ireland medal which had eluded him his whole career in September when Galway overcame Waterford in a thrilling final.
It was a unique final in the fact that no matter the winner, history was going to be made via the ending of a massive drought. Galway hadn’t won a Liam MacCarthy Cup since 1988 where as Waterford’s wait for a Croke Park triumph in September dates back 58 years.
The Tribesmen came out on top and were deserved winners based on their displays throughout the entire campaign.
Canning was crowned Hurler of The Year at the recent end of season All-Stars ceremony at the Convention Centre in Dublin, placing the cherry on top of a dream season for the Portumna star. The relief to see Canning win a Celtic cross before his playing days come to a conclusion stretched beyond his county bounds but nationwide for the services he has provided to our national game down through the years.
The most memorable moment of magic he produced this summer was without question the last-gasp winning point in the enthralling semi-final win over defending All-Ireland champions Tipperary, dragging his county through to a showdown with the Déise by the scruff of the neck. It was also fitting to see the 29-year-old close out the 2017 season, as his sideline cut was the final puck of the ball in September’s final.
Well, Canning has donated the jersey he wore on that famous day to an auction in aid of his local national school Gortanumera NS in what is truly and typically a classy touch.
The iconic maroon number 11 jersey, which is surely of huge sentimental value to Joe himself, went for a grand total of €5,600.
The moment one punter, believed to be the new owner of the aforementioned national school, won out in the bidding war was captured on camera. Below is a clip of the auction of Canning’s history making All-Ireland final jeresy: