Cork hurling received a much needed shot in the arm on Sunday with a thrilling one-point win over All-Ireland champions and old rivals Tipperary.
In his Monday Irish Examiner column, Anthony Daly wondered if the Rebels were beginning to feel the effect of Gary Keegan’s arrival on Leeside.
The former Irish Institute of Sport Director made the move to Cork GAA last October.
Daly wrote: “Maybe the Gary Keegan methodology is finally beginning to tell. From having worked with Gary, he challenges you to continually seek out high-performance. It is all about performance and that is what he will always tell you. The Dublin game was not an acceptable display but the performances have incrementally increased ever since.”
Speaking on Monday’s PaperTalk, Michael Moynihan agrees there are telling signs of Keegan’s involvement around the Cork camp.
“If you drill down into Christopher Joyce’s interview in the Examiner last week, he used a few key words like ‘process’ and ‘improvement’ and ‘performance’ that would have Gary’s fingerprints on them.
“I would think the message is getting through, but it’s a two or three-year project for Cork.
“I would think it’s a matter of inculcating a lot of these young fellas with the proper mentality and the proper culture, even though that’s a very nebulous idea, and to bring them to a level where they expect that from themselves and they can drive it for themselves.
“Because we see that cliche coming out of every team in rugby and soccer and Gaelic football that the players have to drive it and I think that’s what Gary is about, empowering sportspeople to create a culture among themselves.”
Also on this week’s PaperTalk, John Fogarty, who was at Clare v Waterford this weekend, notes Derek McGrath’s side continues to relish doing things the hard way.
And in football, he feels the signs are all beginning to point to Colm Cooper’s retirement from inter-county action.