The reaction: King Henry’s Kilkenny hammer Galway

Kilkenny’s thumping victory over Galway has the pressbox running out of superlatives to describe Brian Cody’s men and Henry Shefflin picking up his ninth All-Ireland medal has him marked down as the greatest of all time… and e’ll be back next year.

Ger Loughnane, RTE
“I was thinking back to the autumn of 1998 when I heard that Brian Cody was appointed manager of Kilkenny.

“The one comment I had was ‘we’re all in trouble now’… but I didn’t realise we were in for this kind of trouble.”

Keith Duggan – Black and amber mine a golden day
Kilkenny, the team that will not weaken or go away, tapped into the kind of form that saw them lay waste to the aspirations of Waterford and Limerick and Tipperary and Cork and Offaly since this historic reign began. They mapped out the big, manicured field in black and amber, and hooked and blocked and hunted in packs.

Irish Times – Shefflin shoulders his responsibilities again
“Last year was a very sweet victory because of the injury more than anything else – there were major concerns whether I would get back there again – but this one just encapsulates my whole career more than anything else.

“As well as that, if you had of spoke to me after the Galway match in the Leinster final I would have had serious question marks about myself, let alone Kilkenny, so to reach this one now after some of the performances during the summer I would have to say is definitely the sweetest. To win the ninth medal, myself and Noel, is a special feeling as well.”

Jackie Cahill – Shefflin confirms what most already knew — he is the greatest ever
Then along came a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the entire league campaign this year. But Shefflin, as Shefflin does, presented himself immaculately for the championship. Kilkenny boss Brian Cody insisted the gifted 33-year-old will return next year. The man himself is just looking forward to some down time.”

Irish Independent – Kilkenny hero Shefflin officially crowned best hurler of all time
“He lifts and hugs his little daughter, who buries her head in his broad shoulder, overwhelmed by the tumult.

“She doesn’t know it yet, but they’ll be singing songs about her daddy, King Henry of the Nine Medals, from Ballyragget to Inistioge to Mooncoin for years and years to come.”

Gordon Manning – The Irish Sun
“It is hard to remember hurling before this Kilkenny team. This Kilkenny machine. The greatest ever?”

“No doubt. No doubt at all.

“Hurling has been dancing to their beat for over a decade now. And it continues to be some show.”

Bernard Brogan @bernardbrogan
“Kilkenny must be one of the greatest teams ever in any sport!!”

Matt Cooper @cooper_m
“Is it OK for a Corkman to concede that Henry Shefflin is the greatest hurler we’ve ever seen?

Mary Hannigan – Kilkenny have this racket all tied up
Michael Duignan, meanwhile, reminded us of the serious injuries Henry Shefflin has endured through his career, of the shoulder and – twice – cruciate ligament variety, leaving you wondering if the fella would have achieved anything of note if he’d stayed fit. Just the nine medals.

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