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The thin blue line - Clare and Limerick Gardaí prepare for Munster battle

Enda Coughlan and Seanie Buckley are work colleagues at Roxboro Road Garda station.

Enda Coughlan chases down current work colleague Seanie Buckley in 2009
Enda Coughlan chases down current work colleague Seanie Buckley in 2009
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

CHAMPIONSHIP RIVALS ENDA Coughlan and Seanie Buckley will leave their close friendship to one side for 70 minutes in Ennis on Saturday evening.

Clare player Coughlan and Limerick skipper Buckley are in rival camps ahead of the Munster SFC quarter-final at Cusack Park, with a semi-final with Cork on 14 June on offer for the winners.

Football talk has been parked ahead of the game at the Roxboro Road Garda Station in Limerick, where the pair are based.

David Tubridy (Clare) and Darragh Treacy (Limerick) Enda Coughlan (left) pictured with Limerick's Darragh Treacy at the recent Munster championship launch. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Coughlan smiled: “Myself and Seanie are both guards, both work in Roxboro Road in Limerick.

“We’ll talk away but there’d be no real talk about football.

“We’d be good friends at the end of the day.”

GAA links are strong in the workplace as Sergeant Mike Nash won a Munster SHC medal with Limerick in 1994 and 1996, alongside his brother Declan.

Nash Mike Nash won Munster SHC medals with Limerick in 1994 and 1996. Source: Patrick Bolger/INPHO

Coughlan said: “He’d be trying to stir the pot a bit alright and stuff like that!

“There’d be a bit of craic but no major arguments.”

Victory for Clare on home soil could kickstart a glorious weekend for the Banner County, who tackle Limerick in the hurling quarter-final on Sunday.

And while a large Clare contingent will make the trip to Tipp for the small ball showdown, Coughlan has called on home fans to make themselves heard at Cusack Park.

Enda Coughlan Enda Coughlan has called for a big Clare support at Cusack Park on Saturday evening. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

“Hopefully we could get a win and it’d be great.

“Especially a home game, you’d be hoping for a big crowd.

“We’ve had a steady following for the last few years, following us around the place.

“Up in Antrim last year, the promotion game, that really sticks out in my mind.

“We’d a group of 40 or 50 people up there and that was massive for us, to travel all that way and be there when we were promoted.”

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