Michael Ryan: ‘Sometimes history can be a burden so you have to put it in its place’

Michael Ryan revealed Tipperary had to put behind them their series of championship defeats to Kilkenny to finally overcome their rivals.

Hurt was a motivator for the Munster champions in ending their run of five championship games without a win over their neighbours but Ryan said harnessing the pain was not going to be enough to beat them.

“It is overdone, to be honest,” he said of the defeats in 2011, ’12, ’13 and ’14 when they forced them to a replay before losing. “They did hurt, Mother of God they did hurt but you move on and you can’t live your life looking over your shoulder.

“Today was a brand new day, it was there to be played. Sometimes history can be a burden so you have got to put it in its place, take what you can from it, learn from it and confine it to history after that

“We had four or five rookies playing out there who were playing in their first final. Those guys have opened up a whole new chapter for themselves and they will absolutely relish the chance to come back and do something in 2017.”

Eamon O’Shea, who Ryan succeeded and worked with both as a selector and manager, was in Ryan’s thoughts following the match. “Eamon and I are great friends. We soldiered together in Liam’s regime for two years and when Eamonn came knocking at the end of 2012,

“I had no hesitation coming on board with him. We were all devastated we did not achieve something with him because he was a great figure in our group and he remains a great friend to our group. I would say Eamonn’s influence was seen out there as well and he would have been thrilled with that work-rate, the skill on show. All that was out of the Eamonn O’Shea book of hurling.”

Ronan Maher was brought to hospital following the game after falling ill but his condition was not thought to be serious.


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