Quinn recalls 'glorious' period

January 12, 2018

Ned Quinn.
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Former Kilkenny chairman Ned Quinn believes he was fortunate to be in the role during one of the golden periods of Kilkenny hurling.

Quinn was in his first year as chairman when Brian Cody was appointed Kilkenny senior hurling manager and during both their reigns, the Cats contested 15 All-Ireland SHC titles and won eleven of them.

Having stepped down from his third term as chairman and retired from the county board, Quinn reflected with the Kilkenny People about that amazing run.

"I remember the first day. Brian Cody was coming in as manager and I was coming in as chairman. We met in Brian's school to have a chat. Our ambition was to win one All-Ireland," said Quinn.

"When we won that one Kilkenny hadn't won the All-Ireland for eight years. Bingo, the rest is history, glorious history for Kilkenny. Without being falsely humble or anything, I was so fortunate that my time coincided with Brian Cody's reign, a fantastic man to work with - his integrity, the absence of ego; it is all about players and clubs - and then fantastic players who seemed to roll off the conveyor belt.

"It would be wrong to name any of them. You could name nearly 40 top class players. Kilkenny enjoyed the spoils, but it all reflects well on the schools, clubs and players. The GAA in Kilkenny from day one has been about families, in every generation."

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