In a weekend where Liam Sheedy’s retirement came hot on the heels of that of Brendan Maher, there’s a sense of a changing of the guard in Tipperary hurling.
I don’t know if Alfred Lord Tennyson knew anything about hurling – cricket maybe – but his line ‘the old order changeth yielding place to new’ certainly holds currency here. Tipperary hurling is in a state of flux and 2022 will look very different now on many fronts.
In truth neither of the weekend announcements was a surprise. Watchers of Sheedy will know that he’s not a man to hang around too long and with Brendan there was a sense that ever since the All-Ireland club final his hurling had passed its peak. Both were widely expected to step aside and both leave behind remarkable legacies...........
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