The Waterford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald was on Dalo’s Hurling Show, an Irish Examiner podcast this week and felt the Clare team of 1995 were disrespected when it was their turn for their 25 year Jubilee at Croke Park.
Speaking on the podcast the former Clare goalkeeper said the following quoted by balls.ie
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“Have we thrown away such of our traditions of All-Ireland final day? Feckin July…”
“Are we giving away too much? No minor final [before the senior final]. I probably was in agreement with that first of all but now they are all being shown live on TG4 anyway.
“The 25 year team, I was that chap last year. It felt like we were being treated like the dirt of the road, I have to say, being marched out and marched off.
“Other stuff as well, none of the teams staying in Dublin [on Sunday night]. I know when this show goes out, people will tweet back, ‘Why should they be leaving money in Dublin?’
“You could see when the players arrived last night, they were in their training gear. Peter Casey had a pair of shorts and runners on him getting the [Man of the Match award]. The old traditions of City West, the Burlington, and the lads are in their suits.
“Should the GAA not be saying that ‘We will look after the hotel for both finalists. Ye’ve filled the stadium all year’. Are we throwing away so much of what made the day special? Don’t get me wrong, I found the day very special.”