Galbally native, Limerick hurling boss and the Abbey School (formerly Abbey CBS), Tipperary Town principal John Kiely, has made an impassioned defence of recent GAA club celebrations.

During an online Zoom press conference to coincide with the upcoming Munster SHC game v Clare and the start of the county’s efforts to regain the All-Ireland title won so gloriously in 2018, he praised clubs for their efforts during Covid-19 and said he understood lapses. 

His comments come after it emerged that a number of clubs, such as a club on the southside of Cork city, held large scale celebrations/gatherings in recent weeks.

“The bottom line is, if you are a club and you won a title for the first time in 40 or 50 years, for those seconds or minutes after the final whistle the logical part of your brain switches off and the emotional part of your brain is in full flow,” said the manager. 

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