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'I had such time for the man' - Michael Duignan pays emotional tribute to Tony Keady at final whistle

Keady was on everyone’s thoughts as Galway skipper David Burke lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup.

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HOW TONY KEADY would have enjoyed today.

Galway are All-Ireland champions for the first time since 1988, when Keady himself was at the centre of the Tribe defence.

Keady was on everyone’s thoughts as Galway skipper David Burke lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup, and RTÉ commentator Michael Duignan paid an emotional tribute to the legendary figure at the final whistle.

“Unbelievable. Just on Tony Keady, Marty, I had such time for the man,” said the quivering voice of Duignan.

“At half-time, we were looking at the piece on him there. It’s so heartbreaking for him and his family.

“Whether it was Waterford or Galway today, what it means to both those counties. I’m looking over here at John Mullane and he’s heartbroken. And I’m heartbroken for the people of Waterford but I’m delighted for the people of Galway.

“That’s always the way it was going to be today, what an occasion. What an emotional day.”

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