An Post boys can deliver in Croker

AN Post in Killarney is hoping that two members of staff can deliver the goods when they turn up for a day of duty on St Patrick’s Day.

John Payne and David O’Leary will swap their mailbags for the round ball when they both line out with Dr Crokes in the glamour All-Ireland Club Championship final clash with reigning champions Corofin in Croke Park and there are high hopes that they will be able to stamp their authority on proceedings from the start.

Black and amber heroes: John Payne (left) and David O’Leary

Corner back John will captain the side and he is hoping to get the opportunity to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand to collect the Andy Merrigan Cup while wing back David ­– also known as Buddy – will be hoping to help him achieve that dream.

There was no shortage of advice for the two black and amber stars in the An Post depot in Killarney throughout the week as two of their colleagues, former goalkeeper Peter O’Brien and top class defender Sean Clarke, have been there, seen that and worn the jersey having been part of the Dr Crokes team that won the All-Ireland in 1992 while postmen John O’Shea, Jerry Murphy, Connie Brady and Andrew Kennelly are also former Dr Crokes stalwarts.

Also on hand to offer some top tips was popular postman Connie O’Shea who, although he is a passionate Killarney Legion supporter, will be cheering on his work colleagues and he is looking forward to welcoming the Andy Merrigan Cup to the An Post depot.

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