"It's good not to be afraid of going out" - Tipp's Michael Quinlivan on the GAA's drinking ban "myth"

The man who scored 1-4 against Galway talks to Off The Ball after reaching the All-Ireland semi-final

Michael Quinlivan, Tipperary

Galway's Declan Kyne and Michael Quinlivan of Tipperary ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Tipperary footballer Michael Quinlivan believes the idea of drinking bans in the GAA are a "bit of a myth" and believes players should not be afraid to enjoy a good night out from time to time.

The full-forward led the line with a score of 1-4 as Tipp defeated Galway on Sunday to reach the All-Ireland semi-final.

After the match, manager Liam Kearns had emphasised that his players were free to go out and celebrate together as a team, which flies in the face of modern talk about drink bans and the like in panels.

After a "whirlwind" couple of days since filled with team celebrations, the 23-year-old spoke to Off The Ball.

"I think it's a bit of a myth in the GAA about these drinking bans. I'd always say the best nights out are after a great win," he said.

"We had a few days after the Munster final but it was nothing compared to what we had on Sunday and it's good not to be afraid of going out. That would be the way I'd look at it. I know Liam was talking about the psychological aspect and the benefit of it and I definitely row in behind that. You can play sport for 10 or 15 years but those nights with your friends are ultimately what will come back to you. You'll have your great days but the celebrations after it are worth twice that."

He added that "players should definitely be allowed to enjoy themselves" and feels players are well aware of the demands of what is required to maintain a high standard.

Despite the unprecedented success for the team, he still has a few issues he wants ironed out.

"At the same time, we're probably still not happy - we left a lot of scores there, myself included. I definitely have a lot of work to do on shooting over the next couple of weeks, so we do have things that we need to work on. But I think we learned from the Derry game," he said, before talking about his fruitful forward partnership with Conor Sweeney in the two-man full-forward line.

Quinlivan also emphasised that the panel don't hold anything against players not involved this year like Colin O'Riordan recently made the move to AFL in Australia.

"A lot has been made of the lads who are missing. You'd actually be disappointed for them because I know how much they want us to do well too."