Monday 20 May 2019

WATCH - Tipperary manager Liam Kearns sings 'Spancil Hill' after Na Piarsaigh's Munster final win

Kerry u21 manager Jack O'Connor, left, and Tipperary manager Liam Kearns exchange a handshake after the McGrath Cup Round 1 match between Kerry and Tipperary at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Kerry u21 manager Jack O'Connor, left, and Tipperary manager Liam Kearns exchange a handshake after the McGrath Cup Round 1 match between Kerry and Tipperary at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Tipperary football manager and former Na Piarsaigh U21 boss Liam Kearns was filmed singing Irish folk ballad Spancil Hill following his former club's eight-point win over Ballygunner in the Munster club SHC final on Sunday.

Champions in each of the three previous years they have won Limerick titles, 2011,2013 and 2015, Na Piarsaigh showed no sign of relenting as they came from four points down at one stage to floor the Waterford champions.

Kearns, who took over as the Tipperary senior football manager in 2015, was filmed celebrating with the Na Piarsaigh team following their victory.

Na Piarsaigh have won the competition on a bi-annual basis this decade and according to forward David Breen, their inability to defend their Munster title has been the one disappointment for the club in the midst of a very successful period.

"We're proud of it. We don't think about the records too much. If anything we're more disappointed that we have that whole year on-year off cycle (they've won Limerick and Munster titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017).

"That's a challenge for us in itself to try and do a year, then do another year. So I think that's a mental thing as much as anything else.

"I made reference to 2009 and our first ever county final when we scored three points in the whole game. That was a real tough one to take. We had a mixture of old and young that day and we were playing an Adare team that was at the peak of their powers.

"We were nobodies really. If we got to a county quarter-final that year that would have been a bonus for us so, to come back eight years later and see where we are at now, you don't want t miss these days. You want to try and still be involved. It's sweet."

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