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Sunday 4 December 2016

Tipp 'animals' please former Premier star

Tipperary's John O'Dwyer
Tipperary's John O'Dwyer

Referring to fans of his native Kerry as "animals" got Páidí Ó Sé into bother at one stage, but Shane Long has no issues about using that word to describe his fellow Tipperary men who won the All-Ireland title last weekend.

Long, who played at Croke Park for Tipp's minors, was unable to see all of the team's final win over Kilkenny as he was heading to train with Ireland ahead of Monday's tie in Serbia, but the Southampton man was still beaming with pride.

"I was delighted they won it, they fully deserved it, they were animals all over the pitch, the whole county is proud of them," says Long, who saw the opening stages of the final before training with Ireland in Belgrade.

"I missed the last ten minutes, John O'Shea had it on his phone so I was listening to it. I gave them a few texts and I got a few quick replies. But I know the feeling when you win something big, you don't want to be on your phone the whole time so I've left them alone.

"There were a few snapchats that were enjoyable to watch. I played minor with a few, Kieran Bergin, there is a few young lads as well.

"Bubbles (John O'Dwyer) went to primary school when I went to secondary. I lived next door to him, that's how old I feel right now," joked the 30-year-old.

"I knew him as a kid. I knew he was going to do big things. Seamey Callanan, I know him as well."

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