Wednesday 18 October 2017

'It was lonely without him' - Tony Keady's daughter Shannon on Galway's All-Ireland win without her father

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue with Shannon Keady, daughter of Tony, after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue with Shannon Keady, daughter of Tony, after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Waterford at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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Shannon Keady said that Galway's All-Ireland final win over Waterford on Sunday was 'lonely' without her father Tony, but that the Killimordaly hurler would have been proud of the Tribesmen's efforts.

Keady, a two-time All-Ireland winner with Galway in 1987 and 1988, passed away last month after suffering a sudden illness.

A tribute video to the 53-year-old was shown at half-time of Sunday's final at Croke Park with his eldest Shannon revealing that it was tough going back to Galway after the game without her father.

"Seeing the video of him in Croke Park at half-time, and just hanging around the players and the hotel, it is lonely without him," Keady told The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Tuesday.

"Coming home then yesterday after a long weekend, it's tough."

Shannon, who won an U16 All-Ireland Camogie medal with Galway last month, said that she used to travel all over the country to games with her father and that her brothers and her would often fight with each other over who got to sit beside Tony at matches.

Shannon said that her father was confident that Galway would break their All-Ireland drought this year and that he would have been proud of their performance last weekend.

"He has such a bond with those players," added Keady.

"He would have had them at club level and underage level. He really believed in them this year and he knew they could do it, but they're an unbelievable bunch.

"They're so tight and you can see it in them and sure it all showed yesterday."

Galway captain David Burke also paid tribute to Keady in his post-match victory speech before lifting the Liam MacCarthy cup.

Burke said: "To Tony’s wife Margaret, children Shannon, Anthony, Jake and Harry, we hope that lifting the cup today will give you some solace from your grief if only for a few seconds."

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