One of the biggest cheers following Tipperary's All-Ireland victory yesterday was reserved for Patrick 'Bonner' Maher when he held the Liam MacCarthy Cup aloft in the Hogan Stand.
The army man missed out on the success after his season was ended by a cruciate ligament injury sustained against Limerick in June, but his presence was still felt behind-the-scenes.
"My recovery is going well," he told RTÉ's Marty Morrissey at the Burlington Clayton Hotel this morning, which hosted Tipperary's victory banquet last night.
"I'm a month over the operation and I'm rehabbing hard. I'm well back on the road. It was hard when it happened. But I got some comfort in knowing the squad that's there, that someone else would step in and do my job.
"Waking up on a Monday morning as All-Ireland champions, there is no better feeling in the world."Tweet