Cavan’s Paul Brady made history in Abbeylara on Sunday as he powered his way to a record 7th successive All Ireland senior 40×20 singles success and also became the first Irish player in history to win 8 All Ireland senior singles 40×20 titles.
In a brilliant opener, Brady was chasing the game for most of the way as Armagh’s Charly Shanks was in sensational form in the early stages. The Lurgan man lead by 11-3 and 16-13 before Brady found his gears to win 21-17 and gave an exhibition of power passing and killshots to win the second 21-3.
In claiming another crown, Brady has now set a new Irish record, having equalled that of Kilkenny legend, Michael ‘Ducksy’ Walsh in 2010.
“I’ve been training for this day for 12 or 13 years; it was a long-term goal and words really can’t describe what it means to me,” said an emotional Brady.
“I really can’t remember much about the scores in the first game; I was just concentrating on ace after ace and thankfully, following a bit of a shaky start, things began to go right for me.”
In the second game, the world number one produced one of the most dominant performances of his career, as he brushed aside the challenge of the talented Armagh man on a scoreline of 21-3.
“It’s been an emotional rollercoaster this week and up until today, I really wasn’t sure I was going to be able to play with my finger injury, but I had great medical people looking after me,” said Brady.
“My focus is straight onto the doubles now so it leaves little time to digest today’s win; that’s handball I suppose, but I’m thrilled with the victory. It’s a special one.”
In the Minor 40×20 Final, Cork’s Killian Carroll collected his county’s first honours since fellow Rebel, Tony Healy won the title in 1996. Carroll produced an awesome display to overcome Kildare’s Niall O’Connor on a score line of 21-7, 21-5.