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Jimmy Cooney RIP

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Replying To PoolSturgeon:  "Rest in Peace Jimmy but to tell the truth, I wouldnt have known that was a picture of him being escorted off the pitch in the moments following his "famous" mistake if you hadnt drawn attention to it. And really I would think the majority of posters would have been as oblivious to it as I was. It would have been far better had you just started a tribute thread to him rather than doing a "Tom Smith"on it and turning it into something to argue about. Actually I dont think HS have done him as much a disservice as you have (even though I know your intentions were good)."
listen here you, on your bike..if HS had proper scrutiny, the photo could have been changed, my post heading edited to simply "RIP Jimmy Cooney" and I wouldn't have been cast as the Tom Smith as you call it..I certain ly didn't want the attention of of pointing out something so obvious and sensitive at a sad time..reply all you like but your bang out of order turning this on me..proper governance of posts and photos would have saved you taking a pop at me..Good luck..

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 1034 - 02/08/2023 23:43:38    2498766

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Replying To baire:  "I agree on all counts. That photo is in very bad taste considering the circumstances, most insensitive.
He was treated appallingly and paid dearly for a human error that should have been rectified on the day.
A great hurler and a true sportsman.
Laoch ar lár.
Beannacht na ngrást leat, a Jimmy."
Loughnane should never have agreed to a replay, in his comments after the match. The Refs decision is always Final. Anyway RIP to Jimmy and sincere sympathy to all his Family

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4316 - 03/08/2023 07:34:46    2498776

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Replying To Oldtourman:  "Loughnane should never have agreed to a replay, in his comments after the match. The Refs decision is always Final. Anyway RIP to Jimmy and sincere sympathy to all his Family"
Don't believe Ger offered a replay there was a meeting on the Sunday to review this but a very well known Commentator who liked Dog racing was in Waterford on the Saturday night and he was emphatic that there was going to be a replay it was already a done deal
Clare the real losers but enough said about it now it was genuine mistake RIP to Jimmy Cooney

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 880 - 03/08/2023 13:07:35    2498838

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R.I.P. Jimmy
1980 was a brilliant year for Galway.
Sincerest condolences to the Cooney family.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1667 - 03/08/2023 15:25:14    2498893

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Replying To clooney:  "RIP to Jimmy and his family he made a mistake and nobody holds that against him in Clare, but we were the best team in Ireland in 1998 IMO and were up 3/4 points with Barry Murphy bearing in on goal I would definitely have fancied us in Final.

its all water under the Bridge now jimmy was a fine tough corner back and Croak Park officials did handle it badly and i am sure Jimmy suffered a bit for it cant ever remember him reefing again."
While I agree Clare would have gone onto win the game as they had weathered most of the Offaly comeback there are a few things with this post.

1. Barry Murphy was out under the Hogan Stand ushered out by Kevin Martin not through on goal. (pedantic I know)
2. There should never have been a replay. Offaly had the first game won and then Clare were given a phantom free to draw the first game. He never even told the players what the free was for just waved them away

tonorio (Offaly) - Posts: 608 - 03/08/2023 17:23:19    2498923

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RIP J immy.. a lovely gent..had the privilege of a lovely/funny conversation with him , in Salthill hotel a few years ago. ( the same say, Mellows won Co. title & Sarsfields "silver" team honoured).... to the Cooney family, my sincere thoughts & prayers!

Monaghan Exile (Monaghan) - Posts: 442 - 03/08/2023 18:41:19    2498930

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RIP Jimmy Cooney. I saw him hurl live, fine player.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 1903 - 03/08/2023 19:32:37    2498938

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Lovely tribute here on Galway Bay FM
https://galwaybayfm.ie/sports/jimmy-cooney-tribute-on-galway-talks-wednesday-2nd-august-2023/

baire (Galway) - Posts: 1785 - 05/08/2023 21:33:27    2499186

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Clare can legitimately claim they were the best team in the country in 1998..I will go as far ad to say that team was the most consistent team i seen since the Kilkenny team of 1982/83 as in just unbeatable during those years..I will say that Waterford probably were unfortunately there in 1998 too...that Waterford team were fierce unlucky in their first maiden year as such..the Colin Lynch/Tony Browne incident defined 1998 i think..Clare got the break in the replay but ultimately cost them with Lynch suspended..Waterford with Tony Browne available at his peak personally i think would have been unbeatable in 1998..Offaly picked up the slack after all else that happened in 1998..Waterford were the real hard luck story of 1998 I say..beginning of a great era where they were really unfortunate..you need a bit of luck too..Waterford never had it..

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 1034 - 07/08/2023 00:01:31    2499324

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "Clare can legitimately claim they were the best team in the country in 1998..I will go as far ad to say that team was the most consistent team i seen since the Kilkenny team of 1982/83 as in just unbeatable during those years..I will say that Waterford probably were unfortunately there in 1998 too...that Waterford team were fierce unlucky in their first maiden year as such..the Colin Lynch/Tony Browne incident defined 1998 i think..Clare got the break in the replay but ultimately cost them with Lynch suspended..Waterford with Tony Browne available at his peak personally i think would have been unbeatable in 1998..Offaly picked up the slack after all else that happened in 1998..Waterford were the real hard luck story of 1998 I say..beginning of a great era where they were really unfortunate..you need a bit of luck too..Waterford never had it.."
If Jimmy's passing had any positive, perhaps it was bringing Offaly back into GAA conversation for half a week or so.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3410 - 07/08/2023 14:51:04    2499382

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There had to be a replay, the match was blown early. Simple as. They should have corrected the error there and then though, never mind taking him off the pitch.
He was a total scapegoat, the poor man.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1122 - 08/08/2023 11:50:03    2499498

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Replying To Fairplayalways:  "Clare can legitimately claim they were the best team in the country in 1998..I will go as far ad to say that team was the most consistent team i seen since the Kilkenny team of 1982/83 as in just unbeatable during those years..I will say that Waterford probably were unfortunately there in 1998 too...that Waterford team were fierce unlucky in their first maiden year as such..the Colin Lynch/Tony Browne incident defined 1998 i think..Clare got the break in the replay but ultimately cost them with Lynch suspended..Waterford with Tony Browne available at his peak personally i think would have been unbeatable in 1998..Offaly picked up the slack after all else that happened in 1998..Waterford were the real hard luck story of 1998 I say..beginning of a great era where they were really unfortunate..you need a bit of luck too..Waterford never had it.."
Thats a very fair post indeed it was a great time for hurling then as well as the big 3 you had Offaly { what a fabulous team they were at that time} Limerick Clare & Galway & Wexford all contenders for All Irelands we in Clare might have got a bit of luck in 95 to beat Offaly and of course Limerick were very unlucky in 2 Finals

clooney (Clare) - Posts: 880 - 08/08/2023 12:45:25    2499514

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Replying To clooney:  "Thats a very fair post indeed it was a great time for hurling then as well as the big 3 you had Offaly { what a fabulous team they were at that time} Limerick Clare & Galway & Wexford all contenders for All Irelands we in Clare might have got a bit of luck in 95 to beat Offaly and of course Limerick were very unlucky in 2 Finals"
Wry true Clooney. A great time for neutrals in the 1990's. Hopefully we can see Clare, Offaly, Waterford, Galway, and Wexford contest at the higher levels again

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1735 - 08/08/2023 13:28:22    2499525

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Wry true Clooney. A great time for neutrals in the 1990's. Hopefully we can see Clare, Offaly, Waterford, Galway, and Wexford contest at the higher levels again"
Heh heh, good one!! Spot the deliberate idiocy line is it? Galway have a higher 'world ranking' now than they had 25 years ago. Because some Offaly and Clare posters have a doting attachment to the 90s, some of them seem to mistakenly think that Galway had a contending side in that era, when they didn't for the main part.

Hopefully we can indeed see Offaly and Galway contest at the 'higher levels' again, but sadly Galway are 'more eligible' to play Leinster championship than Offaly these days, after being 'welcomed' into the province at all levels now.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3410 - 08/08/2023 15:04:31    2499551

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Replying To Pope_Benedict:  "Heh heh, good one!! Spot the deliberate idiocy line is it? Galway have a higher 'world ranking' now than they had 25 years ago. Because some Offaly and Clare posters have a doting attachment to the 90s, some of them seem to mistakenly think that Galway had a contending side in that era, when they didn't for the main part.

Hopefully we can indeed see Offaly and Galway contest at the 'higher levels' again, but sadly Galway are 'more eligible' to play Leinster championship than Offaly these days, after being 'welcomed' into the province at all levels now."
We can only try to get back to Leinster, but it will take a while. I would like to see a greater spread of counties compete for provincial and national success.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1735 - 08/08/2023 21:16:13    2499625

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