Fans flock to Cody book launch

Around 1,300 people gathered just outside Kilkenny city last night for the launch of Brian Cody's new book, 'Cody - the autobiography.'

The crowd included former Kilkenny greats Eddie Keher and DJ Carey and current Cats stars Henry Shefflin, PJ Ryan and Brian Hogan,

The book was launched by one of Cody's right-hand men, Ned Quinn, who has served as both chairman and secretary during Cody's 11-year reign as manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling squad.

Before spending three hours signing books for those present last night, Cody outlined his reasons for penning a book at this stage of his career.

"Essentially, the book is about the past 11 years and my involvement with the Kilkenny panel," he said.

"I didn't go into detail about my childhood, my early years or bring my family into it in any major way at all. My family are quite happy not to be mentioned in it.

"My father was a massive James Stephen's and Kilkenny person and I obviously inherited whatever passion I have for hurling from himself and my mother."

Cody was also keen to stress that his book is not just about the black and amber of Kilkenny, but the green and red of his famed club James Stephen's.

"A huge part of my life has been mentioned in the book also, apart from my playing career.

"Obviously my own club, James Stephen's, has been a major influence also and all GAA people can understand that (the club influence).

"All of us come from somewhere and we all belong to where we come from - the club.

"The club is the very essence of the GAA and the day we forget that is the day we forget everything about the GAA and everything about ourselves.

"Even though it is a very important story about Kilkenny, it's also a very important story about my involvement and the influence my club had on me.

"That just merely reflects the influence everybody's club has on them."

Cody paid tribute to his players for the way they have not forgotten their clubs, with whom they have played for with such honour and pride since the historic four in-a-row All-Ireland win - and indeed throughout their playing careers.

"One of the great strengths of those players is their sheer devotion to their clubs and where they have come from.

"This is something we have encouraged in a massive way, because I think it's hugely important for all county players to retain that sheer affiliation and passion to their clubs.

"The reason they become county players in the first place is because they are leaders in their clubs.

"This weekend just gone by, it came shining through with the county players playing so brilliantly with their clubs."

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