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“Ruthless in the extreme” | how Joe McDonagh can quickly be removed from prelim quarter-finals

Shane, Nickey Brennan and Philip Lanigan review the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final between Offaly and Tipperary

Shane, Nickey Brennan and Philip Lanigan review the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final between Offaly and Tipperary.

Nickey Brennan feels sure that Joe McDonagh teams will not play a part in the All-Ireland series in 2024.

The former GAA president and Leinster chairman understands the inner workings of the association and explained a change can happen before next season.

Tipperary battered McDonagh Cup runners-up Offaly by 32 points on Saturday and, while Carlow were much more competitive against Dublin, there has been a string of one-sided fixtures in All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals.

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Host Shane Stapleton asked Brennan if the processes within GAA administration are quick enough so that the Joe McDonagh Cup winners would not be parachuted into the All-Ireland series as early as 2024.

“Yeah,” says Brennan. “There’s currently a series of engagements taking place around the country with Derek Kent of the CCC (Central Controls Committee) talking to counties about various aspects of games, not just hurling but football as well.

“That will happen and there will be changes, and this is one of a number of changes that will take place.”

The former Kilkenny player and manager also detailed in the video above about how the appetite for an Under-19 inter-county grade has waned and that is seems likely that Under-17 will remain.

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Since losing to Waterford in their final Munster SHC clash and missing out on a provincial final, Tipperary have been under the microscope.

While they may not have been tested in the win at O’Connor Park, Liam Cahill will have been pleased by strong performances from hat-trick hero Mark Kehoe, Jake Morris and Conor Stakelum, while Seamus Callanan hit his 40th championship goal from open play.

Gearoid O’Connor and Jason Forde returned from recent knocks, while Craig Morgan made his comeback from a cruciate knee injury.

“The game was over after such a short period, and it was a matter of how much it be (by),” says Brennan.

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“The final score was demoralising. You have a situation with Tipperary… there’s positions up for grabs on that team, and you want to be putting yourself in position to be a starter or in the first 21.

“It was an outstanding performance by Tipperary, ruthless in the extreme, but at this stage of the championship that’s the way life is.

“Offaly coming in on the back of losing the Joe McDonagh must have been very tough, it would have been difficult for Johnny Kelly to lift that team for championship.

“I just always felt it would be a step too far but the margin was extremely disappointing from an Offaly point of view.”

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