Sunday 18 March 2018

Tipperary captain Brendan Maher matched one of Brian Cody's proudest achievements last Sunday

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Nobody in the history of the GAA has enjoyed a career quite like Brian Cody.

Three All-Ireland titles as a player has been followed by 11 championship medals as Kilkenny manager, putting Cody's place in the annals of GAA history beyond question.

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One of his particularly impressive achievements was being the last man - until last Sunday - to captain his county to both senior and minor All-Irelands.

Tipperary's comprehensive win over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final saw Brendan Maher lift the Liam McCarthy Cup as captain, a feat he also achieved as a minor when he hoisted the Irish Press Cup in 2007.

That puts Maher alongside Cody in a very exclusive club.

According to Irish Mirror journalist Pat Nolan, only three other men - Sean Condon (Cork), Tony Wall and Jimmy Doyle (both Tipperary) - have captained both minor and senior All-Ireland-winning teams.

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