Twitter meltdown as fans hit ’Net in final flurry

THE All-Ireland final grabbed the attention of hurling fans across the nation - and beyond.

THE All-Ireland final grabbed the attention of hurling fans across the nation - and beyond.

More than 81,000 people were shoe-horned into Croke Park for the decider, but Twitter was just as busy as people took to the social media site to air their views on Sunday’s drawn game. Here are some of the tweets that summed up the day from start to finish.

The starting line

I’m going for Kilkenny by 8 points. @seamiecoleman23 says Galway by 2 points! #GAA #allireland2012

Republic of Ireland soccer international (and son of new Carlow hurling boss John) David Meyler (@DavidMeyler) tips the Cats for a big win.

We left just after 8.30, up & parked by 10.10. Having the tae now #uptheCats

The early bird gets the worm - but Susan Cullen (@susankilkenny) proves that the early Cat gets the tea!

First All-Ireland morning not part of team. It’s gonna b weird but can’t wait 4 start of game. Best of luck KK give it socks

Impartial pundits? Yeah right. Eddie Brennan (@NedzerB13) firmly nails his colours to the mast.

In the game

Galway tactics causing awful confusion. Kk under real pressure. Can’t get control anywhere

The Kilkenny People’s Sports Editor John Knox (@johnknoxkk) voices the fans’ concern at half-time.

Brian Hogan having some third quarter. Game riddled with mistakes, but he’s standing tall and dragging KIlkenny back into it

Journalist Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) praises Kilkenny’s centre-back collossus

THAT free...


Bazza (@RefBazza) calls the Glennon free as he sees it

The heroes

Joe Canning’s free reminded me of Peter Canavan’s free winner v Armagh in the 2005 AISF Semi-final. Same pressure, same coolness. #GAA

GAA commentator Jerome Quinn (@JeromeQuinn) hails Galway’s saviour...

@ShefflinHenry is the best Hurler of now, his generation or ever! :) No doubting who is the ‘King’!

... but Blowincat (@blowincat) reminds everyone who holds the crown!

Did you know?

Brian Cody’s record against #Galway is 6 wins 1 draw and 3 defeats. #gaa

Stats fans HurlingFacts (@HurlingFacts) note the first draw in the Cody era against Galway.

All 4 teams today scored 19 points (KK 0-19, Galway 2-13, Tipp minors 2-13, Dublin minors 1-16) A four way draw! #GAA

Another interesting nugget from GAA Scores (@GAAscores)

The post-match verdicts

How many lives have we left? Poor 1st half show from Kilkenny. Hope they at least get the basics right for 30th

Kilkenny Olympian Darren O’Neill (@DarrenONeil) reckons there’s somewhere between one and eight lives left...

If anyone has a spare defibrillator for the replay let me know. Nearly hit the floor there. Kilkenny legends

I’m only small...... (@Kilkennybaby) moves slowly for the heart tablets after the final whistle

Great game today in Croker. Just watching the #SundayGame & it’s just as good 2nd time round. #AllIrelandHurlingFinal

Irish boxer Bernard Dunne (@Bernard_Dunne) loved the game so much he watched it twice!

Lots of peeps seem annoyed about having a reply and not extra-time. I can’t wait for another All Ireland final, think it should be next week though

Former Laois footballer turned pundit Colm Parkinson (@Woolberto) would prefer a second helping in double-quick time.

Fair result in the end though Kilkenny unlucky not to have gotten 2 frees near the end for fouls on Tommy before Joe’s free. Paul Murphy MOTM for me ..

Cork hurler Paudie O’Sullivan (@psull88) reckons the Cats didn’t get the rub of the green on Sunday.

Such a shame to leave Dublin with business unfinished. More pints and a winner in the All-Ireland hurling please...

... particularly since the debate about whether Shefflin should have gone for a goal with that penalty looks set to rage all night. #ahhurling

Comedian Dara O Briain (@daraobriain) rustles up some post-match talking ‘pints’!

Hard to say which is the happier camp, both sides had chances to secure victory. Was it or wasn’t it does not matter now. Well done to all

Former Cork hurler Diarmuid O’Sullivan (@dsully3) sums up the mood in both dressing-rooms.

GAA and Dublin Chamber the only happy people from a replay. Fans don’t know what to feel at the moment. #surreal

Tipp journalist Shane Brophy (@BrophShane) shares the view of fans of the senior and minor finalists.

Great game...well done to all involved.....iomanaoicht abú...

Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack (@DonalOgC) gives his verdict on the game.

The view from home...

Well done to Brian Hogan today. Fantastic second half display

O’Loughlin Gaels GAA (@oloughlingaels) praise their main man.

Well done to both teams today! Bring on the reply on the 30th!!!

Ballyhale Shamrocks (@BallyhaleGAA) laud both sides.

Fair play to two brilliant teams. Really enjoyable, some match. Both stayed at it even when things weren’t going well. Roll on the 30th

Fenians GAA Club (@Fenians68) is already looking forward to another day out.

... and abroad

@GalwayHurling @Kilkenny_GAA another day! Thanks for an entertaining night in Hong Kong

The action in Croker kept everyone at Hong Kong GAA (@HK_GAA) wide awake into the night.

And finally...

Local pubs be doing another killing come the 30th. Eamon Langton just spotted running down John Street whooping with joy, punching the air.

Shtop Yer Talk (@shtopyertalk) reckons at least one man was doing a jig at the final whistle!

154/1 #GAA Double Happy Days. Hopefully start of a lucky week! #draw/draw

Louth footballer Darren Clarke (@clarkie2015) proves that sometimes the seemingly impossible becomes reality.

List compiled by @TrevorSpillane. Remember, you can follow the Kilkenny People on Twitter - @KKPeopleSport or @KKPeopleNews