Looking resplendent in their commemorative Bloody Sunday Centenary jerseys, Tipperary cut quite the dash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this afternoon. While their playing gear nodded to a dark event in the GAA’s history, Tipperary’s young braves created their own history today, beating Cork by three points to land their first Munster SFC title since 1935.
I was watching the hurling from Croke Park today while this match was on so I can’t offer much of an opinion on the contest but, by the sounds of it, the Premier County were full value for the win. They got their snouts in front with three quick scores right from the off and that set the tone for the day. The gap was still three points at the finish.
This is an enormous success for Tipperary, as they become the first Munster county since Clare in 1992 to break the Kerry/Cork duopoly within the province. What a smash-and-grab success it was too – with Cork having at last got the Kerry monkey off their backs they may, understandably, have already been looking forward to a first All-Ireland semi-final appearance for close to a decade. If so, Tipperary made them pay today for such daydreaming.
There’s a lesson there for us as we start to countenance a third Championship meeting in five years with the Premier County a fortnight from now. We’ll go into that All-Ireland semi-final clash on 6th December as raging hot favourites to advance to yet another decider and that will suit the Tipp lads down to the ground.
But those are thoughts for another day. Today is a day for Tipperary to celebrate to the full, as they contemplate having captured their first Munster football title in 85 years. Hearty congrats to them on their historic breakthrough provincial success.