The man who first put Mullinahone on the Tipp senior hurling map has been giving his assessment on how the 2009 All-Ireland senior hurling final will turn out. Former selector, All Star and Tipp All-Ireland winner John Leahy reckons the Premier will be drawing on the history books to motivate the blue and gold to end Kilkennys reign and bid for four in a row.
It's 2001 since Tipp last bagged the Liam McCarthy trophy. Premier boss Liam Sheedy and selector Micheal Ryan were on the blue and gold losing side in 1997 when Clare claimed honours and the pair are hoping that pain can push Tipp towards the new winners podium.
Hard to understand what it must be like to prepare for one of Ireland's traditional sporting showpieces, but one man well used to getting into the zone for an All Ireland Senior Hurling Final is Kilkenny corner back Michael Kavanagh. Ahead of this year's season decider against Tipp the black and amber defender is appealing for the usual understanding from family, friends and relations.
He's been on every winning All Ireland Senior Hurling team for the past three years and now Brian Hogan back from injury is 70 minutes away from an incredible 4 in a row.
Despite reaching the final game of the season, reigning All-Ireland Champs Kilkenny need further improvement in order to capture the historic four in a row, according to the Cats former All-Ireland winning captain Liam Fennelly. The ex Noreside great believes Tipp will provide Kilkenny with their biggest test in recent memory.
The former Tyrone supremo has picked up an MBNA legend award and has been talking about this weekends football fair.
Far from a classic but Kerry managed to dispose of Meath and set up an all Munster All Ireland Final.
Former Kilkenny great John Henderson reckons that Kilkenny will have it all to do to claim their historic four in a row in this Sundays All-Ireland hurling final. Impressed by the blue and gold this season, Henderson reckons that Tipp are a well balanced side and will have learned a lot from the league final earlier this year. Henderson lined out the last time the sides met in the 1991 All-Ireland final with the Premier coming out on top that day.
Much like Kilkenny competition for a place in the premier starting 15 has led to several players who would be expected to start for other counties finding themselves on the bench. The Tipp forward line is one of the most difficult sectors to dislodge. However the Toomevara forward and Tipp captain isn't dispirited at his squad role.
The Kerry forward's revealed one of basketball's biggest names is someone he looks up to and he's been talking about his intercounty experience.