Instead Rebel hurling emerged back into the light, at least on the Munster scene, led by Darragh Fitzgibbon, Mark Coleman and Shane Kingston, which reignited the form of Patrick Horgan and Anthony Nash.
That’s a run of harrowing defeats.
There were actually a handful of Corkonians delighted to be proved right about Ring’s management by Cork’s no-show against Tipp at the Gaelic Grounds. Which is a sad state of affairs considering what Ring, and his backroom, have given Cork and how many good performances we’ve witnessed at minor, U21 and U20 in the last three years.
There’s an extensive list of candidates out there for various positions, as selectors, coaches, and managers of Cork’s elites teams. Ben O’Connor, Tom Kenny, Ger Cunningham, Ronan Curran, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Donal Óg Cusack, Jamie Wall, Pat Mulcahy, and more have vast experience and are Rebels to the core.