The pic is from last year's match when Tipp lost to the Cats. There is every chance these two fine teams will meet again in 2011. (I need to start planning my trip!) The county colors for Killkenny are gold and black and Tipp's are blue and white.
Today, in a monumental upset, Tipperary defeated four-time champion Kilkenny to take the All-Ireland Hurling Championship for 2010. Killkenny had won for the last four years and was heavily favored to win today for an unprecedented fifth in a row -- which would have been an historical first. But the underdog Tipp team came out breathing fire and in the first few minutes scored, and scored, and scored again. Neither team let up through 73 minutes of non-stop, no time-out action. Some of the fiercest and most skillful play I have EVER seen, and I am not alone here in that. Natives say it is a hurling match that will go down in Irish sporting history. An absolutely thrilling, heart-pounding game. In this house we were all rooting for Tipperary from the get-go (the underdog, plus we all have connections there), but were secretely resigned to yet another overwhelming victory by the Killkenny powerhouse. (This is their first lost in over 50 games.) It is truly a great day here in western Ireland!