Triumph and Troubles, the official biography of the Kilkenny hurler Charlie Carter, includes a heartwarming mother-in-law story. On the night of the 1999 All Ireland final, which the Cats lost to Cork, Carter was "as drunk as a monkey" and gave manager Brian Cody a "tongue-lashing" for taking him off during the game.
His mother-in-law Kathleen, who "felt very bad on my behalf", joined the fray and told Cody that if Carter hadn't been taken off, Kilkenny might have won. "Yes, a wonderful mother-in-law," purrs Carter. "They do exist."
We'll have to wait for Cody's memoirs to find out how he reacted to this double-whammy. And given the number of GAA books being published, we probably won't have to wait too long.
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