Famous Quotes

Anonymous Clare hurler:

'Ger Loughnane was fair, he treated us all the same during training-like dogs'

Michael Smith, Tipperary
The toughest match I ever heard off was the 1935 All-Ireland Semi-Final. After 6 minutes, the ball ricocheted off a post and went into the stand. The pulling continued relentlessly and it was 22 minutes before any of the players noticed the ball was missing"


Ger Loughnane on Tipp
• I'm not giving away any secrets like that to Tipperary. If I had my way, I wouldn't even tell them the time of the throw-in"

Ollie Murphy
I used to think it was great being a wee nippy corner forward, but its better now being a big, fat one

John O'Mahony
Whenever a team loses, there's always a row at half time but when they win, it's an inspirational speech".

Babs Keating before Tipp played Cork in 1990 (Cork went on to win the All Ireland...the shower of donkeys!!!)
'You can't win derbies with donkeys'

Babs Keating description of Offaly in 1998
'Sheep in a heap'
A clap on the back is only about two feet from a kick in the arse.
Babs Keating

Manager to a club player in Derry.
We're taking you off but we're not bothering to put on a sub. Just having you off will improve our situation.

Val Andrews in response to modern training methods
"Cones are for Guards and ladders are for firemen"


Joe Lynch, actor.
I love Cork so much that if I caught one of their hurlers in bed
with my missus, I'd tiptoe downstairs and make him a cup of tea"-

Kerry player during league campaign 1980s
'Life isn't all beer and football...some of us haven't touched a
football in months' -

Tipp fan to Ger Loughnane
'Any chance of an autograph? Its for the wife...she really hates
you' -

Offaly fan in 1998
'Babs Keating 'resigned' as coach because of illness and
fatigue. The players were sick and tired of him' -

Cork fan 1988
'Meath make football a colourful game-you get all black and

Keep your eye on the ball, even when it's in the referee's pocket.
Christy Ring

Several broken sticks, two broken heads, and two bruised fingers were part of the afternoon's play, for hurling, the Irish national game is the fastest and probably the most dangerous of sports. It is a combination of hockey, football, golf, baseball, battle and sudden death. It was a real Irish game

Daily Mail

Reporting on a match held in London (1921).

Brendan Hegarty's ‘take' on Micheál O'Muireartaigh's ‘would be' account of Gus Cremin scoring a winning point in Croke Park from 60 yards in the '46 All Ireland Final, and his greyhound, aptly named 'Kerryman', winning the Irish Derby at Harold's Cross.

"Two formidable Kerrymen, one chasing the ball, the other chasing the hare, both chasing fame, both catching it, one from the 60 the other from the 525, both winning, Ballydonoghue forced to share the spoils with Ballydonoghue, On the Line, on the world stage. Serial law breakers cutting loose on Track and Field who will not be caught, both with serious form, peerless Track Records, Track and Field Records.

One from a football stronghold, the other from a greyhound stronghold, both from Ballydonoghue, the same Ballydonoghue, the same stronghold, what a stronghold. What am I talking about, the same household, what a household. GUBU it is, Gus, Unbelievable, Ballydonoghue, Unprecedented."

John B. Keane
A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks he's just as good as everybody else.

John B.Keane ventures into coaching
Now listen lads, I'm not happy with our tackling. We're hurting them but they keep getting up.

Pat Spillane on the Cavan football team

'They have a forward line that couldn't punch holes in a paper bag'
Pat Spillane reflects on an Ulster Championship clash.
The first half was even, the second half was even worse.

"Is the ref going to finally blow his whistle?... No, he's going to blow his nose!"
Radio Kilkenny commentator

From the great Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh:
"And Brian Dooher is down injured. And while he is, I'll tell ye a little story. I was in Times Square in New York last week, and I was missing the Championship back home. So I approached a newsstand and I said 'I suppose ye wouldn't have ‘The Kerryman would ye?' To which the Egyptian behind the counter turned to me and he said 'Do you want the North Kerry edition or the South Kerry edition?'... He had both... So I bought both. And Dooher is back on his feet..."

"Anthony Lynch the Cork corner back will be the last person to let you down - his people are undertakers"

"Pat Fox has it on his hurley and is motoring well now ... But here comes Joe Rabbitte hot on his tail ... I've seen it all now - a Rabbitte chasing a Fox around Croke Park!"

"He grabs the sliothar, he's on the 50...... He's on the 40...... He's on the 30...... He's on the ground"

"Teddy McCarthy to Mick McCarthy, no relation, Mick McCarthy back to Teddy McCarthy, still no relation "

"In the first half they played with the wind. In the second half they played with the ball".

"We're short two" - The Late Timmy Carr's response to a roadside interrogation by an officer of the law, who was wanting to know how many soldiers were in his single armoured vehicle calvacade (ie Blue Ford Anglia Estate Reg FIN 572), as he led them to war in a neighbouring parish playing field back in the '60's.

"There wasn't a coat of paint in it" - Eamie Kissane's take on a close encounter.

"It would be aiser to go over you than around you" - Johnny Buckley's observation of a player in his first training session back, having Wintered well, very well, too well?