Describe your career in one word…
Did you always think you would play Senior hurling for Kilkenny?
No, I wasn’t that talented under-age and always had doubts about my ability
Which All Ireland final stands out for you?
2014 Replay, hardest one to win
Have you any regrets from your inter county career?
You mentioned Brother Damien in your retirement statement, how was he such an influence on you?
Shaped me to be the man I am today
How difficult was it to break onto the starting 15? When did you feel you were an established team member?
Yes extremely hard as the panel was very competitive. In 2007 after I won my first All Star
What were the celebrations like after winning an All Ireland? Any good/funny stories?
Amazing feeling and a great week. Ger Aylward drinking Jaeger bombs out of his shoe!!!
What was a normal weekly routine for Jackie Tyrell in mid-Summer around championship time?
Monday – Rest/Recovery, Rehab (Stretching, Foam Rolling, Massage)
Tuesday – Field Session
Wednesday – Gym Session / Recovery, Massage
Thursday – Core, Ball Alley session, Rehab & Swim
Friday – Field Session
Saturday – Stretching, Massage, Rehab Core
Sunday – Field Session
Did you enjoy playing corner back?
Hated it at the start, but soon found out that it was there or nowhere, so learned to love it
What advice would you give a young player about to join the Kilkenny Senior panel for the first time?
Relish the challenge and don’t have making the team being your ultimate goal, getting the best from yourself should be your target and see where that takes you!!
Did you feel pressure as an inter county hurler?
Yes, and especially in my earlier days when I wasn’t playing as well and consistent enough to be a regular starter
What do you think was your best display in a Kilkenny jersey?
2014 All Ireland Replay, I was never as ready for a game
What was it like man-marking Lar Corbett?
Extremely hard, he just needs half a chance to score, so concentration needed to be at a high level for the full game
Have you any plans now you are retired?
Yes, winning the club football All Ireland with the Village (watch out Diarmuid Connolly & Mossy)
What do you think you will miss the most about being an inter county hurler?
Free dinners in Langtons
Did you study your opponents before games? Did you visualise the game beforehand?
Yes I study them closely, positions they take up, which hand they shoot with and movement patterns
What was it like winning Fitzgibbon cups? What was Davy Fitz like as a manager?
It was great, very hard medal to win. Davy was nuts.
What is Brian Cody like? Did ye have many chats?
He is a very fair, ambitious man and if you don’t meet that ambition you will not be there that long!! Chats, very short and to the point
Quick fire round
Fav other sport: American Football
Toughest opponent: Eoin Kelly
Best after match celebrations: In a car with Paul Murphy, Richie Power, Paddy Hogan from Kilkenny to Dublin with a bottle of vodka and a box of fags (no mixer)
Fav team holiday: Hawaii
Laziest team-mates you hurled with: Richie Power (never ever did 1 pre-season)
Best individual display from a team mate: Eoin Larkin – 2011 county final, 12 shots at target 1-11 scored….enough said
Best individual display from an opposition player: Austin Gleeson (All Ireland Semi Final Replay 2016)
Guilty pleasure: Westlife (Tommy Walsh and I loved doing a duet of flying without wings in Karaoke)!!!
Fav alcoholic drink: Hendricks Gin, Cucumber and Tonic
Perfect date: Jennifer Love Hewitt
Fav songs before a match: Eminem -Til I Collapse, Kasabien – Fire
Fav county jersey: Dublin
Best club moment: Winning Club All Ireland Final in 2005
Worst fashion mistake: Not cutting my hair for 7 months in 2010
Best club player you played with that never played county: Tubious White
Best club player you played against that never played county: Murty Walsh (Tullaroan)
Fav box set: Entourage
Fav film: Dumb & Dumber
Fav GAA analyst: Larry O Gorman (bring him back)!!