Mr Considine says that “I met a Kilkenny man departing the stadium and he even said ‘the hens won’t eat out of the cup any more in Kilkenny, they’re fed up of it, too’.” This is just one Kilkenny supporter’s view and I would be sure that this man is in the minority.
Kilkenny people are proud of this latest win, a win made all the tougher by the glut of retirements since last year, and the spate of injured players in the build-up to the final.
There were scenes of great jubilation at the Citywest Hotel, as the players and supporters mixed freely and danced the night away.
I know there is a perception, from the wider GAA public, that Kilkenny fans are kind of blasé about another All-Ireland win, with reference made to the stadium clearing out before the lap of honour, but people celebrate in different ways and not all supporters would have been able to stay around Dublin afterwards and might have had to get public transport back down to Noreside.
I also feel that Mr Considine has been a tad unfair to Galway, when he says that “the post-mortems in Galway will run longer than the celebrations in Kilkenny”. I think it takes longer to get over a loss. The defeated team wonder where they went wrong or what they could have done better. There might be a realisation, or fear, among the players that they may never get their hands on that elusive medal.
I do agree that the 2015 Championship was disappointing overall, but I am of the belief that an exciting season lies ahead next year. I feel that Waterford will be even stronger in 2016, Clare pushed Kilkenny all the way in the relegation play-off last March, and time is still well on their side. Limerick’s under-21 win should infuse their seniors with added belief and confidence, while Galway will bounce back and Tipperary are always in the shake-up.