Kilkenny Legend Slams the Acts of the Tipperary County Board

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The former Kilkenny hurler and eight time All-Ireland winner Eoin Larkin was speaking on Game On on 2fm and quoted by  and says the decision made by the Tipperary county board to get rid of the great servant of Tipperary hurling Colm Bonnar after one year is a bit ‘tasteless’. 

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“My reaction first and foremost would be surprise. There’s no debating that they had a tough season, with injuries, and Padraic Maher retiring at the start of the year due to a longstanding neck issue.

“I suppose Tipperary people in general would be disappointed with the year they had. But I don’t think anyone expected that Colm Bonnar would be, as the Tipperary county board said ‘relieved of his duties’.

“I think it’s a bit tasteless and it doesn’t look good from a Tipperary county board point of view and I think Colm Bonnar deserved a lot better than they gave him.

“I don’t know Colm Bonnar personally but I’ve met him on a couple of occasions. He seems like a really, really nice man. Hurling to the core. Proud Tipperary man. And I know he was very proud to get the job in the first place.

“As I said, they had a difficult season. They had more downs than ups. But he had brought through a number of young players which previous managements had only thrown in in bits and pieces. And he had to bring it all together.

“He had the retirement of Padraic Maher to deal with. Seamus Callanan was out for most of the year. Two hugely experienced lads. So I think Colm Bonnar deserved a lot more than one season. He deserved to get at least another year at it and I’m sure he’ll be very disappointed.”

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