8 – points margin by which Tipperary beat Kilkenny. Tipp scored 4 goals and 17 points (29), Kilkenny scored one goal and 18 points (21).
21 – the number of games Kilkenny played unbeaten in the All-Ireland series.
5 – in-a-row: what Kilkenny were aiming for; an unprecedented number of titles, never before achieved.
9 – the number of years since Tipperary won their last All-Ireland title (2001 against Galway).
58 – the number of All-Ireland titles shared by Tipperary (26) and Kilkenny (32).
40 – the amount of money (in euro) my boss had on Lar Corbett to score the first goal at odds of 13/2. Corbett duly obliged.
3 – the number of goals Corbett scored in today’s final.
12 – the number of minutes Henry Sheflin (Kilkenny) lasted on the field before coming off injured.
13 – the number of bar staff working today in Meagher’s for the final. (Yours truly was one of them.)
8 – months before it starts all over again.