Angry Tipp board refused Babs’ request for All-Ireland tickets

Tipperary legend Michael ‘Babs’ Keating was refused tickets to the All-Ireland final by Tipperary board chiefs last month.

Keating was snubbed following comments he made in a newspaper column in the wake of the county’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway.

County board secretary Tim Floyd was so annoyed by Keating’s remarks that he turned down a request from the 1989 and 1991 All-Ireland-winning manager for tickets.

Keating subsequently wrote to the county board to express disappointment after he was refused All-Ireland final passes for the first time in 55 years.

A long-standing tradition in Tipperary is that ex-players and former members of management teams receive tickets for the biggest hurling day of the year from Premier County top brass.

However, at a board meeting of county management officials on September 15, Floyd revealed that he was “so disgusted” by Keating’s rant that he “could not bring himself to supply him with tickets”.

Keating’s newspaper article was circulated to committee members on the night and they were “unanimous” in their support of Floyd’s stance.

Keating had criticised the “extravagance” of spending related to Eamon O’Shea’s senior team in a column headed ‘Tipp’s trips to plush hotels insults fans.’ The piece ran on Monday, August 24, eight days after Tipp lost to Galway.

Keating slammed Tipp’s training stint at Carton House a week before the game and queried “what all the extra expert advisors were at during their time at Carton House” as his view was that “Tipperary didn’t seem to have a plan in place at Croke Park [against Galway]”.

Meanwhile, county board officials have also expressed disappointment with Liam Cahill’s call for increased funding and resources for underage hurling in Tipperary.

Cahill, who guided Tipp to the All-Ireland minor decider against Galway, spoke out following the team’s defeat, insisting “we need help from our county board in relation to resources and finances.”

However, county board officials “resented recent comments on radio airways about lack of investment and little being done with county development squads”.


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