Saturday 19 October 2019

'I think we will just dismiss that as attention seeking' - Jackie Tyrrell's Limerick comments batted away

Conor Boylan of Limerick, 12, celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Aaron Gillane and (inset) Tyrrell
Conor Boylan of Limerick, 12, celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team-mate Aaron Gillane and (inset) Tyrrell

Harry Clarke

All Ireland champions Limerick are still the ones to catch, despite recent claims from Kilkenny legend Jackie Tyrrell that John Kiely's men are not in the top three in the country.

The nine-time All-Ireland winner made the controversial claims ahead of Limerick's emphatic 2-18 to 0-15 Allianz League victory over Kilkenny yesterday.

"I don't see them (Limerick) in the top three. I think you have Clare, Galway and Tipperary - I don't see Kilkenny or Limerick in that bracket at the minute. I don't have them in there," Tyrrell said.

"John Kiely will be sitting at home rubbing his hands together when he hears that! But honestly, I don't think anyone is as far on as Clare are at the minute and until the league throws up more, I wouldn't have Limerick or Kilkenny in there."

But Tyrrell's suggestion has been dismissed by Irish Independent columnist Cyril Farrell.

"They are the top one at the moment, never mind top three and they deserve to be there. They are there on merit," said Farrell, speaking on this week's episode of the Throw In in association with Allianz (Listen from 15.50).

Irish Independent GAA correspondent Martin Breheny went further.

"Anyone who says they are not, I think we will just dismiss that as maybe attention seeking or something like that because there is no logical basis whatsoever to argue that," said Breheny.

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"They lost twice last year to Clare in the Munster Round Robin when they were already through and they lost to Tipperary in the League semi-final after extra time.

"They won the Munster League and the All Ireland. The lost two out of 18 games, make that two out of 21 now.

"If anyone can put up an argument as to why they are not in the top's illogical, it makes no sense and simply isn't true."

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