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Straight talker: Johnny Pilkington’s candid observations gave a fascinating insight into a county player’s life in the 1980s

Straight talker: Johnny Pilkington’s candid observations gave a fascinating insight into a county player’s life in the 1980s

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Straight talker: Johnny Pilkington’s candid observations gave a fascinating insight into a county player’s life in the 1980s

Just over three decades have elapsed since Antrim got the better of Offaly in that epic 1989 All-Ireland hurling championship semi-final - a match that was again highlighted when Offaly legend Johnny Pilkington was the subject of a fascinating 'Laochra Gael' series programme on TG4 within the past week.

If the match rekindled particularly warm memories for the Antrim players and their dedicated followers, it also underlined Pilkington's spectacular skills, in addition to another sublime virtue which he possesses that tends to be conspicuous by its absence within the GAA on occasions right now - honesty.

That being the case, the programme triggered a big reaction on social media, with Pilkington's candid observations earning huge plaudits.


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