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Bubbles O'Dwyer declares Tipp 'champions of f**king Ireland' live on RTÉ

The Killenaule forward scored a stunning 1-5 as Tipperary beat Kilkenny.

Bubbles: Proved the doubters wrong.
Bubbles: Proved the doubters wrong.

AN ECSTATIC JOHN ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer couldn’t contain himself as Tipperary wrestled back the All-Ireland hurling title from bitter rivals Kilkenny.

“We’re champions of fucking Ireland!” he roared in his post-match interview on RTÉ after a sensational nine-point win in Croke Park.

Michael Ryan’s side scored a massive 2-29 to dethrone the Cats who were bidding for their third straight Liam MacCarthy.

“2014 is forgotten about,” O’Dwyer said. “We’re champions of 2016.”

“People have been doubting this team. We knew exactly what we had in this team, in this dressing room in 2016.

“Everyone doubted us from the start of the year. We proved our doubters wrong today. We’re champions of fucking Ireland!”

There had been questions over O’Dwyer’s place in the Tipp starting XV but he responded with a superb 1-5, including a vital goal with 20 minutes to play when the game was still in the balance.

“I had my doubters at the start of the year. I think I’m after proving my doubters wrong here now.

“Myself, Seamie (Callanan) and Johnny (McGrath) in the inside forward line, we do the easy part. It’s the boys out in the middle of the field and in the backs that do the hard part. We’re only there to finish. I got the chance and put it away.”

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Stunning Tipperary display clinches All-Ireland title and ends Kilkenny three-in-a-row dream

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