In accordance with the Government’s announcement to ban all outdoor gatherings up to a maximum of 500 people, the GAA have postponed all games until after March 29, which was the intended date for the conclusion of the Allianz Leagues, with the Division 1 and 2 football finals.
What is the grist for the mill among the 10 Liam MacCarthy Cup teams in 2020? From Tipperary looking to roll back the years to the 1960s to Cork hoping to avoid the county’s joint-longest stretch without the Liam MacCarthy Cup, there is plenty to go around, writes.
Back when Borris-Illeigh were winning county titles in Tipp and supplying captains to the county, Seamus Quigley and the lads from Kiladangan would tip over and celebrate with them. Borris were royalty and Kiladangan could only imagine.
When Limerick trailed Cork by six points with almost as many minutes of normal time to go in the All-Ireland semi-final, John Kiely would have been forgiven if he started to think like most Limerick supporters undoubtedly and understandably were at the time.
With emotions running high, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan could be excused for the odd oversight following Sunday’s Championship exit. He claimed he saw no fatigue among his men, though players were starting to break down towards the end, some being treated for cramp and one or two others hobbling. After 21 tumultuous days, it was his players’ bodies that eventually gave in.
Hours after Sunday’s latest Munster SHC draw, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh thumbed a message on the Waterford WhatsApp players group. Nodding to his fumble that led to Patrick Maher’s first goal, he claimed responsibility for the draw but vowed to make amends against Limerick this Sunday and encouraged his team-mates to look ahead to the game.
Alan Hansen doesn’t do live TV anymore. After 22 years, he finished up as BBC’s Match of the Day anchor pundit in 2014. Commanding he was, but not without sin, Manchester United coming back to haunt him following his infamous “kids” remark in 1995.
Galway’s defence of the Liam MacCarthy Cup has been handed a timely pre-championship boost with the news that attacker Jonathan Glynn will be based in Ireland for the summer and, therefore, available for the county’s summer campaign.