Monday 26 September 2016

Offaly hurling boss Eamonn Kelly reveals extent of vile abuse he has received this week

Published 08/05/2016 | 09:29

Offaly manager Eamonn Kelly. Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier, Round 2, Offaly v Carlow. O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Offaly manager Eamonn Kelly. Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Qualifier, Round 2, Offaly v Carlow. O'Connor Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Offaly hurling manager Eamonn Kelly has revealed the extent of the vile abuse he has received over the past seven days since his team was beaten in the Leinster championship by Westmeath.

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Kelly's side bounced back from the 2-22 to 1-11 defeat to the Lakesiders to beat Carlow by 1-17 to 2-11 at Tullamore yesterday, with Shane Dooley contributing 1-10 of their tally.

It has been a very difficult week for hurling in the Faithful county in the aftermath of the defeat and Kelly has outlined some of the horrid abuse both he and his players have been subjected to.

"I don’t ever want to get a week like it again where you have cowards ringing you on private numbers and telling you what they think of you," he told Midlands Radio.

"The stuff I got thrown at me on social media - I know that goes with the terrain - but we’re trying to do everything we can and the players inside are doing everything in their power.

"We had three lads walk from the panel with a comment that they don’t like where there this thing is going and they don’t want to be associated with it but what you have left in the dressing room there are very honest players and they’re working very very hard.

"The point I’m trying to make is that we’re all trying to do the right thing. There’s nobody in there cutting any corners, they’re making a huge effort.

"We had a bad day at the office against Westmeath last weekend – we know that – but the only good thing is that Westmeath have beaten Kerry today so we have our destiny in our hands in two week’s time."

Offaly can still make the quarter-finals of the Leinster championship with victory over Kerry in their final round robin game.

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