Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tipp captain Brendan Maher made an embarrassing omission in his All-Ireland speech

Published 05/09/2016 | 09:51

Tipperary captain Brendan Maher lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Tipperary captain Brendan Maher lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The opposition, the fans, people who have made sacrifices, the county board, sponsors... and the management staff are things you have to mention in any All-Ireland winning speech but it doesn't always work that way.

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Brendan Maher's head was spinning after being overcome with the jubilation that greeted Brian Gavin's final whistle in Croke Park yesterday afternoon.

Luckily, he had prepared his few words for the Hogan Stand after the semi-final victory over Galway and a friend was able to slip him his cupla focail as he made his way up the steps towards the Liam McCarthy Cup.

Although he had jotted down manager Michael Ryan and his backroom team at the top of the list, he somehow managed to omit them.

“In the moment you don’t know what to think, you’re a bit all over the place, and I forgot to mention Mick Ryan and the management in the speech and I had him first on the list.

“I saw the names and said I’d come back to it, but I just forgot. You don’t know what you’re at! I’ve been getting a bit of stick off the lads since."

Maher revealed how he wrote the speech three weeks ago, to ensure that it didn't become a distraction ahead of the game.

"I saw there was a copy and a biro on the table so I just said, 'right, I'll jot down a few thank-yous' and it was out of my head then," he added.

"I probably learned that from the last time in 2014 and I had spoken to Eoin (Kelly) about it as well and he said he didn't do it in 2010 and it corrupted his thoughts in the lead-up to it.

"That's natural no matter how focused you are coming in to it, that's still going to come into your head.

"I didn't have to think about it because I had it written down, but I'd be like that - I like to write things down."

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