Friday 23 February 2018

'Ungracious' Donal Og gets both barrels from Kilkenny

Jackie Cahill

CORK goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack was hit with a double-barrelled assault from Kilkenny last night ahead of next Sunday's grudge All-Ireland SHC semi-final.

In his best-selling autobiography, released last year, Cusack described the Cats as hurling's version of the 'Stepford Wives', comments which did not go down well on Noreside.

And as thrown-in at Croke Park approaches, Kilkenny have responded through former GAA president Nickey Brennan and former attacking star Eddie Keher.

Brennan described Cusack's comments about Kilkenny as "ungracious" and "totally unnecessary" while Keher claimed that he would not touch the 'keeper's book "with a forty foot pole."

Behind the scenes, Brennan and Cusack clashed on the political front as figureheads of the GAA and GPA during negotiations which were often frosty and laced with tension.

It's clear that real animosity has built up between Cork and Kilkenny and it reached a head in March 2009 when Kilkenny hammered the Leesiders by 4-26 to 0-11.

In Cusack's book, 'Come What May,' the Cloyne netminder reflected on that 27-point hammering.

"The abuse coming down on me from the terraces is among the worst I can remember," he said. "It's poison, but there is such glee in it. We are the unforgiven. They just don't want us beaten, they want us torn limb from limb.

"The more disorder there is in Cork, the more Kilkenny likes to be thought fondly as the land of milk, honey and contentment. The GAA's version of the Stepford Wives."

Writing in his weekly 'Kilkenny People' column this week, Brennan said: "Donal Og Cusack's book and his ungracious (and to be honest totally unnecessary) comments about Kilkenny hit a nerve, not just with the players, but with Kilkenny supporters at large.

"Those 'Stepford Wives' comments from the Cork custodian will continue to haunt him for as long as he is involved in Cork and Kilkenny clashes."

Irish Independent

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