ALL-IRELAND-WINNING manager Liam Sheedy singled out his family for some special praise as he led the Tipperary hurlers back to the promised land.
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Sheedy was joined by wife Margaret and daughters Gemma and Aislinn on the Croke Park pitch at full-time as Tipp kick-started their All-Ireland party.
Niall O’Meara, Seamus Callanan and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer bagged the goals as Tipp routed 14-man Kilkenny to win by 14 points, 3-25 to 0-20.
“Family is everything to me,” Sheedy told RTÉ Radio after adding another All-Ireland to the 2010 title won during his first term at the helm.
“I have two very special girls. They gave me a card this morning that said, ‘Dad, go and do it.’ To know that your family is behind you, you can’t do the job otherwise.
“Portroe is a special place. I love the girls and the way they back me. They allow me to do things.
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“Mags just lets me at things and I’m half mad, but do you know what, that’s where the madness can get you. It can get you to days like today.”
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