Tipperary's supernatural powers won the day
And I thought the Celtic Tiger had put paid to those days. As a young boy growing up on the Kilkenny side of the Slievenamon hinterland some elderly men used to speak of the supernatural powers that would be at play when Kilkenny and Tipperary hurlers locked horns.
The metaphor used was that Tipp have the 'little men' (fairies) on their side.
This explained how seemingly great Kilkenny hurling teams inexplicitly underperformed against Tipperary.