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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Tipp's focus on retaining Liam: Cathal

Cathal Barrett of Tipperary in attendance at the launch of On The Ball Team Building training camps in the Dingle Peninsula. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Cathal Barrett of Tipperary in attendance at the launch of On The Ball Team Building training camps in the Dingle Peninsula. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

There's a common perception out there that Tipperary's senior hurlers tend to party after winning All-Ireland titles and Cathal Barrett isn't happy about it.

The two-time All-Star defender has gone through a turbulent few years having been dropped by Michael Ryan mid-championship in 2017 for disciplinary reasons.

Barrett set the record straight on the pitch last summer with a series of swashbuckling displays form corner-back and he is quick to dispel the notion of high jinks off the pitch.

"When maybe something goes wrong, it's absolutely jumped on. I don't know what it is, especially with Tipp, like it's completely jumped on and it's blown up into something bigger and something that it's not as well," Barrett said.

Massive

"It is massive, you're in the public eye. I don't mind, you're role models but then people seem to forget that you are a person as well, you're not completely made of stone either like.

"It's an amateur sport and we have personal lives as well and family commitments and work commitments and all these things come into account in your career. I'd have a fair issue with things like that."

With three Liam MacCarthy triumphs to their name this decade, Tipp shed the tag of underachievers, which has followed them around, in some style with their All-Ireland SHC final hammering of Kilkenny last August but Barrett is only concerned with more success.

"I'd say maybe it has definitely changed people's perceptions of Tipperary. Like, any time Tipp lost a match, 'Ah sure they were out drinking the weekend before'. I think we jump to conclusions very quick in Tipp," the 26-year-old said.

Speaking at the launch of On The Ball Team Building Training Camps in the Dingle Peninsula, the Holycross-Ballycahill defender issued a warning.

Having picked up a hamstring injury in their round-robin defeat of Limerick, Barrett was only sprinting at "80 or 90 per cent" for the rest of the summer, but he hopes to be back to top speed next season.

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