Jackie Tyrrell plays down ‘Al Pacino’ coverage

Kilkenny’s Jackie Tyrrell insists he’s no Al Pacino and has revealed his surprise at the huge coverage his All-Ireland hurling final speech has received.
Jackie Tyrrell plays down ‘Al Pacino’ coverage

Injured Tyrrell intervened with a rare team-talk at half-time last September when Kilkenny trailed Galway by three points. It clearly had some effect, as the Cats bossed the second half and ended up winning by four, with team-mate Colin Fennelly claiming the speech was decisive and “absolute amazing”.

But Tyrrell, 33, said the incident has grown “arms and legs... it really did”, and he baulked at comparisons with Pacino’s famous ‘game of inches’ oration in the film Any Given Sunday.

Dismissing the Pacino comparison, Tyrrell said: “Yeah, ‘the inches that are all around us!’ Really, it wasn’t that at all. It was more that Colin spoke afterwards and I’ve seen his interview and he was quite emotional. I think it just snowballed from that on. But it did have a bit of an effect on the lads. That’s what I wanted. It was at the point that they (the management) had left the room that I spoke. It wasn’t like we were told, ‘I’m leaving the room, ye sort it out’. It was just very much left up to the guys and that’s how it unfolded.”

Tyrrell missed the semi-final win over Waterford and the final after suffering a stress fracture in his foot. After the final, he tweeted an X-Ray of his right foot which showed a long corrective screw inserted in his little toe.

The nine-time All-Ireland medallist said that despite the problem, he was ready to play and expected any impact he would make to be on the field of play.

“I envisaged, in my head, coming on and making an impact,” said Tyrrell. “Obviously, luckily enough, we didn’t need it, didn’t require me. But I hadn’t in any way mentally prepared to saying anything like I did. That’s the thing, if you plan things, they don’t always work out. You talk off the cuff and in the moment and it’s an awful lot better.”

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