David Reidy delivering for Limerick again
By Cian O'Connell
David Reidy remembers answering the phone and being satisfied because a return to the Limerick panel is what he craved.
Released from Limerick duty last year Reidy, a primary school teacher in Rathcoffey, north Kildare hurled for the Lilywhites, but John Kiely's invitation to return to the green and white fold was accepted.
"Yeah, I can remember exactly where I was, I can't remember the date - in October sometime," Reidy recalls. "He just wanted me to comeback in for a trial. There was a panel of about 40 there and I didn't hesitate to say yes, it was exactly what I wanted. Thankfully it worked out and it has been a very enjoyable year so far."
It was satisfying to return to the Limerick set-up according to Reidy. "I came into it surprised, but maybe it was the kick I kind of needed to get myself back into where I should be and to work on things I needed to work on, be it hurling wise or maybe mentality wise as well," Reidy admits.
"So getting back in with Limerick was always the plan, thankfully it worked out."
Tough times were endured when Reidy, who initially joined the Limerick panel as a teenager in 2013, was no longer involved with his native county.
"Difficult days, yeah." Reidy acknowledges. "It has been a long road to get here, especially this year commuting and travelling up and down from Kildare to training was tough.
"When you are in an All Ireland Final them days seem like a long time ago and you are happy to be there.
"My first year was 2013, the year we won the Munster. I was only a garsun. That was a great experience. A couple of lads brought me along the way, Gavin O'Mahony and Paudie O'Brien from Kilmallock were brilliant to me.
"I was only a young fella, I thought there would be more days like this when we won the Munster in 2013. I thought it was all glory days. That was my first year on the panel."
Reidy feels that Limerick's depth has improved considerably in recent campaigns. "I suppose the competitiveness is massive, you are always looking over your shoulder," Reidy says.
"You can't rest on your laurels in the camp, John is very straight. If you are good enough and deserving of your place in the starting XV he will put you in, if you are deserving of your place in the subs bench he will put you in. It is a ruthless business."
David and Mike Reidy hurled for Kildare were involved with the Lilywhites in 2017. "Yeah, it has been different, but one I'm enjoying, no more so than last year," Reidy remarks.
"Last year was a good experience as well, but what I wanted to do was to come back to hurl with Limerick. Thankfully it worked out.
"John rang me and said I wasn't in the plans for 2017 and Joe Quaid is a Limerickman managing Kildare. I'm living and working in Kildare so he rang me to see would I come in for a trial or whatever. So I spent a couple of weeks in there, I was thoroughly enjoying it, so I kept going."
Reidy, who rifled over an important point in the All Ireland Semi-Final against Cork, impressed in the Kildare jersey and is now ready to produce on the grand stage for Limerick again.