BRIAN Cody is in good spirits and ate a light breakfast this morning following pre-planned cardiac surgery yesterday in the Blackrock Clinic, Dublin. The manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team chose the Easter holidays to have the procedure carried out while his school, where he is principal, is closed. This followed a number of tests carried out recently after a visit to his GP.
Doctors are delighted with how the operation went and it is expected to make a full recovery and already, a tentative date for his return to take over the management of the team has been pencilled by officers of the county board while no pressure is being placed on him at this stage . Normally it takes between six and eight weeks to make a full recovery from this kind of operation. In the meantime, management of the team will be taken over by trainer, Mick Dempsey and selector, Martin Fogarty for the remainder of the league and possibly the start of the championship.
Mr Cody has won nine senior All Ireland titles as manager and there has been a flood of good wishes for him since word spread of his hospitalisation. Friend and city councillor, Martin Brett wished his fellow James Stephens man a speedy recovery and asked that the media respect his need for privacy at this time.
From time to time, Kilkenny supporters have wondered about the 58-year-old’s high colour on the line during close championship matches when tensions are running high like in the drawn All Ireland final last year with Galway when Mr Cody saw red over a number of decisions and during the All Ireland semi-final against Tipperary when he was upset by an injury received by Michael Rice.