An Fear Rua understands from some of his legal friends in the Four Courts that Chief Justice Hamilton's sporting proclivities lie more towards the soccer code - God bless the mark! - rather than towards hurling or gaelic football. Perhaps that is a hangover from his days palling around with members of the Labour Party beyond in Rathmines, in Dublin. Recent unfortunate controversies have resulted in the departure from the Supreme Court of Mr Justice Hugh O'Flaherty, a decent Kerryman (if that's not an oxymoron), who regularly follows the fortunes of his native county. So, the GAA has lost, literally, a friend in court.