Friday 24 November 2017

Comedian Shortt insists tweets mocking Kilkenny were ‘just a bit of banter’

"Top is sad Kilkenny man. Below is happy Tipperary man"

Aishling Phelan

COMEDIAN Pat Shortt insists his tweets mocking Kilkenny’s sensational defeat yesterday at the All-Ireland Quarter-final clash were just “a bit of banter”, describing it as a great day for hurling.

The Tipperary native watched the rebels beat Kilkenny and couldn’t resist posting a cheeky picture of himself on Twitter, laughing as a disheartened Kilkenny manager Brian Cody gave an interview on the screen overhead.

“Top is sad Kilkenny man. Below is happy Tipperary man,” he teased.

Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio's John Murray show this morning, he said, ‘‘It’s just a bit of banter. I grew up on the border with Kilkenny and so it’s a healthy banter and we haven’t been able to have a bit of craic like this with Kilkenny, well not since the five in a row anyway.’’

The comedian cited the team’s great success over the years as the reason they got a hard time after the match.

‘‘They have been there for like 16 years, one of the best teams ever, so you have to have a bit of a laugh and a poke at them when they drop out unfortunately like that.’’

He watched the match in a pub in Covent Garden in London with a group of friends.

The D’Unbelievables and Mattie star said he was surprised by the buzz online surrounding the tweet and couldn’t believe it became so popular.

‘‘The reaction to it was enormous. I was only putting it up for a few friends because my family were at the match ad I was more or less tweeting it to them and it just ended up getting a bit ridiculous last night,’’ he laughed.

‘‘When a team is dominated for so many years, which Kilkenny have, it’s just opened up the whole game again. A lot of people want to see that happening except the Kilkenny people unfortunately,’’ he chuckled.

It is the first time the Cats have not made it to the All-Ireland semi-finals since 1996.

Pat acknowledged the extraordinary record of achievement for Brian Cody.

‘‘It’s incredible. I mean, Tommy Walsh is probably one of the most hated hurlers in Tipperary but yet if he was born in Tipperary we would love him. He’s just an incredible hurler.’’

‘‘It’s been a great reign for Brian Cody. He is amazing and will go on to be amazing. There’s some great players but it’s a new era in Kilkenny hurling at the moment,’’ he added.

‘‘I think another funny statistic from this year is that London played in Croke Park more than Kilkenny so it’s been a year of upsets,’’ he joked.

Rejoicing in Kilkenny’s defeat, the comedian later posted another picture of a man in a Tipperary jersey in a street in London holding a child’s hand with an accompanying message reading, ‘‘Police in London are looking for this man to return the child.’’

He said he received a tweet from one of his followers telling him to ‘‘go back to singing about sausage rolls’’ and said he had to re-tweet it.

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