Ciaran Fitzgerald was captain of the Ireland rugby team back in 1985 when they were going for the Triple Crown. Ireland and England were deadlocked at 10 points apiece and a draw would have ended Ireland’s ambitions. Fitzgerald famously asked his teammates “where’s your ‘effing’ pride” before an important lineout.
Five years of failure clearly didn’t sit well with Tipperary but the task facing Michael Ryan and his squad as they digest the consequences of Sunday’s epic and epochal All-Ireland final defeat of Kilkenny is how to deal with such a victory.
In case you’re understandably excited about the dawn of another hurling season to the point of relishing its league, apologies to temporarily provide a bit of a dampener, or a bit of context, or at least someone else’s perspective, writes.