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'I left with a spring in my step' - How a meeting with Liam Sheedy inspired James Barry

Now-retired Tipp star lauds genius of manager after achieving his Premier dreams of a second All-Ireland senior medal in last year’s final win over Kilkenny

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James Barry in action during last year’s Munster SHC final against Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

James Barry in action during last year’s Munster SHC final against Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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James Barry in action during last year’s Munster SHC final against Limerick. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It doesn't take long for Liam Sheedy to make an impression and James Barry could feel a massive weight lifting off his shoulders just minutes after sitting in front of the new Tipperary boss in the autumn of 2018.

Barry had just endured a nightmare season with the image of Walter Walsh accelerating away from him to raise a green flag in that year's League final loss to Kilkenny in Nowlan Park sparking a radical rethink from then-manager Michael Ryan.

He would play no part on the pitch in Tipp's catastrophic Munster campaign just two years after earning an All-Star at full-back when helping them to the pinnacle and confidence wasn't exactly seeping from the Upperchurch Drombane defender.