Thursday 19 September 2019

'Family is everything to me. I have two very special girls. They gave me a card this morning that said, 'Dad, go and do it''

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates with his family after winning the All-Ireland
Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates with his family after winning the All-Ireland

Harry Clarke

The pre-match narrative was mainly about the meeting once again of old rivals Brian Cody and Liam Sheedy.

In the end, it was Sheedy who was the king of Croke Park as Tipperary celebrated another All-Ireland title following a convincing 3-24 to 0-20 victory over Cody's 14-man Kilkenny.

For Sheedy, it was a moment to celebrate with his family as he sprinted to the Hogan Stand to embrace his wife Margaret and daughters Ashling and Gemma.

"Family is everything to me," Sheedy told RTÉ.

"I have two very special girls. They gave me a card this morning that said, 'Dad, go and do it'. To know that your family is behind you, you can't do the job otherwise.

"Portroe is a special place. I love the girls and the way they back me. They allow me to do things.

"Mags just lets me at things and I'm half mad, but do you know what, that’s where the madness can get you. It can get you to days like today."

"It's a long journey and on the 30th of June it looked like we were a long way from here. People were probably very unimpressed by our quarter-final victory," added Sheedy.

18 August 2019; Séamus Callanan of Tipperary with young supporter Jennifer Malone following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Séamus Callanan of Tipperary with young supporter Jennifer Malone following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Séamus Callanan of Tipperary following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy is congratulated by his brother Mike Sheedy following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary team mates, from left, Noel McGrath, Brian McGrath and John McGrath with the Liam MacCarthy cup following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates with Willie Connors, left, and Brendan Maher following their side's victory during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Padraic Maher of Tipperary and fans, celebrate with 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 Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; James Barry, left, and Noel McGrath of Tipperary celebrate following their side's victory during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates with daughters Aisling, left, and Gemma following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan leaves the pitch with the Liam MacCarthy cup after after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan is congratulated by his mother Mary and dad John, sister Fiona, and his brother John also with 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 Ray McManus/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Ronan Maher of Tipperary with 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 Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Séamus Callanan of Tipperary celebrates with his family and the Liam MacCarthy cup following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy is congratulated by supporters following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Eimear Tyrell from Toomevara with Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; The Tipperary Team celebrate after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Robert Byrne of Tipperary celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Padraic Maher left, with Michael Breen of Tipperary celebrate following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates with daughters Gemma, left, and Aisling following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan lifts the Liam MacCarthy Cup following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Séamus Callanan of Tipperary following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy, left, celebrates with Ronan Maher of Tipperary after the final whistle of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates with daughters Gemma, left, and Aisling following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy, 2nd from left, and coaches Darragh Egan, left, and Eamon O'Shea celebrate with 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
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy, 2nd from left, and coaches, from left, Darragh Egan, Eamon O'Shea and Tommy Dunne, celebrate with 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
18 August 2019; Tipperary players, from left, Séamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher, and James Barry celebrate at the final whistle of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary captain Séamus Callanan and team-mates celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy Cup following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
18 August 2019; Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy, 2nd from left, and coaches, from left, Darragh Egan, Eamon O'Shea and Tommy Dunne, celebrate with 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 Ray McManus/Sportsfile

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"We built massive momentum in that semi-final when the real questions were asked and thankfully we carried that momentum into the final today.

"Once we got the goal we settled and in the second half we played some outstanding hurling. These lads have put in a massive effort. Some people questioned their character, questioned their ability to go into trenches and various things and today, thankfully, they gave all the answers. "

The controversial dismissal of Richie Hogan in the 33rd minute proved the turning point in a disappointing final but Sheedy admits he did not see the incident.

"I honestly didn't see it. It seemed to indicate it was high. I was a long way away from it and obviously it was a massive turning point in the game. As I said, for long periods in that first half, we were gasping for air. I thought we played the extra man very well."

Sheedy added that despite criticism directed at his players, some of the best players to ever wear the Tipp jersey are wearing it right now.

"There has probably been a lot of questions about this team. The reality is, when you look back on this decade, Tipperary have won three finals in this decade. I think that's a really, really good return. I think we have some of the best players who ever wore the blue and gold jersey wearing it right now and I am just privileged to be working alongside them."

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