2009 Reunion of 1959 All Ireland MH Champions

Fifty years on, members of the victorious Tipperary All Ireland Minor Hurling team got together on Saturday November 28th. in The Dundrum House Hotel. There were twenty on the 1959 panel and fifteen with their partners attended. Also two of the selectors were represented; Paddy ‘Sweeper’ Ryan’s son Liam and daughter Catherine attended, as did Bob Hall’s grandson of Bob. Tributes were paid to team members who had passed away, Paudie Griffin Arravale Rovers who played at right corner back and centre fielder Tom Ryan Toomevara. Paudie was represented by his son Tin and Tom was represented by his nephew Tomás. Organiser in chief was left half forward Murt Duggan, and after a lovely meal each member gave his memories of that 1959 campaign, where Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Roscommon and Kilkenny were put to the sword! Obviously some had better recall and stories than others, and some would not pass the censor. However all remembered that Tipperary were unhappily down three points to Kilkenny in the final with minutes remaining. It was reported that as Paddy Doyle headed for goal, was then fouled by half the Kilkenny team. The inimitable Tom Ryan Killenaule sent the resultant free to the back of the Kilkenny net to level and almost from the puckout Tom landed another pointed free which was the winner. A jubilant Tipperary won on the scoreline 2-8 to 2-7.

Billy Carey from Moyne/Templetuohy travelled from New York to meet his team mates. Jim Ryan ‘Fenor’ came from his hostelry ‘The Horse and Hounds’, a great meeting pace for the ‘Tipps’ in London, to reminisce and renew acquaintances. Three of the players, Albert Croke, Paddy Doyle and Larry Kiely were playing in their third All Ireland in 1959, and each garnered two All Ireland medals. Indeed six of the squad, John O’ Donoghue, Tom Ryan (Toomevara), Tom Ryan (Killenaule) Paddy Doyle, John Gleeson and Larry Kiely, all starred with Blue and Gold at senior level and won Celtic Crosses.

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