Brian Dowling is absolutely delighted that Kilkenny clinched the All-Ireland title yesterday in Croke Park.
The O’Loughlin Gaels man led Kilkenny to a famous victory against last year’s All-Ireland champions in an empty Croke Park on Saturday.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. We were here last year after losing the All-Ireland and it was a long road back. But these girls have great character and we’re absolutely thrilled to get over the line,” said Dowling.
The victory saw Kilkenny claim their first All-Ireland title since defeating Cork in 2016. It also marks an impressive feat for Dowling who marked his first year as manager by capturing the sports ultimate prize.
He said: “I think the fear of losing was holding the team back for the last few years. Thankfully, that’s gone now after tonight and we’re 2020 All-Ireland champions.”
Dowling also spoke about the strange nature of the occasion due to the current restrictions on supporters in place.
“It was very strange. We got the Garda escort but there was nobody around. We didn’t need it. Maybe the lack of supporters took the pressure off us and allowed us to play.”
Irrespective of the lack of supporters, Kilkenny were deserved victors and claimed the O’Duffy Cup following three successive All-Ireland final defeats.