Another season starts in the hurling this year and it’s nearly 20 years since the rebels have won a senior hurling All-Ireland, a famine for the size of Cork and it’s hurling tradition.
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While speaking to the media this week, Cork manager Pat Ryan admitted that anything less than bringing the Liam McCarthy cup back to Leeside would be a failure.
“It would be a failure, yeah. If you look at the managers that have gone before me, they did brilliant things.
“But it’s back to John Allen since we last had a manager win an All-Ireland and I think all of those managers would say that they probably failed.
“They did brilliant things, brilliant work but unfortunately . . . not unfortunately, look, it’s great — we’re coming from a county that has had fantastic success in hurling through the years and if we don’t win an All-Ireland it will be a failure.”