'We breed hurling - it's in the blood, it's in our veins'
Published 05/09/2016 | 02:30
Brian Cody's quest for three-in-a-row was ended in style, and boy did the Premier County love it.
It was a long six years for the Premier, but there may just be a few longer nights to come - as the celebrations go into overdrive.
Semple Stadium, the home of hurling, is set for a raucous party as both Tipp's minor and senior champions arrive home.
'Memory man' Jimmy Magee described it as an "exhibition in skill".
Brian Moroney, from Aherlow, described the drive of the Tipperary players as "magic".
"We're back," Brian said. "Tipperary breed hurling - it's in the blood, it's in our veins. You see the celebrations afterwards - the players, the fans, the families - we're all in it together."
Luke Kennedy (21), from Nenagh, said Tipp had been confident in the build-up, but not in their wildest dreams did they think the win would come the way it did.
"It was unbelievable seeing Kilkenny panicking for the last 10 or 15 minutes, I've never seen Kilkenny do that before," he said.
Some supporters even called for a spur-of-the-moment bank holiday - an idea that will probably catch on in Tipperary.
"It'll be absolutely incredible, there'll be 30,000 people in Semple Stadium," Nenagh man Denis Quinn said.