Kilkenny’s incredible drive the ultimate tribute to Brian Cody’s stewardship

His team’s never-say-die display against Limerick further evidence of the spirit instilled by their long-serving manager

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody urges on his charges during last Sunday’s memorable victory over Limerick. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody urges on his charges during last Sunday’s memorable victory over Limerick. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In the middle of the second half of the hurling on Sunday, you could see the rain starting to come in sideways and the people in the stands were running for cover. Down in front of the Kilkenny bench, the selectors all grabbed whatever rainwear they were going to stick on but you could see Brian Cody standing there engrossed in the play. Somebody had to tap him on the shoulder and hand him his coat.

I was watching Kilkenny come through that game just with total admiration. Cody, Jackie Tyrrell, JJ Delaney, Henry Shefflin – all these guys. For them still to be going back to the well after all these years is incredible.

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