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Tipperary will play Kilkenny in the 2009 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park on Sunday September 6th.

Tipperary Press Pack

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the Tipperary Press Pack for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2009. The purpose of this press pack is to provide you with some useful background information about the Tipperary team and the Tipperary Kilkenny rivalry over the years. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all sections of the media for their co-operation and support during the year and the generally fair manner in which they do their work. I want to thank the Tipperary Manager, Liam Sheedy, his colleagues on the management team, the Tipperary players and my fellow officers of Tipperary County Board for providing information for the Press Pack. I also want to thank most sincerely Ed Donnelly and Seamus O’Doherty for their assistance preparing this Press Pack. It would not have been possible without their research, input and hard work.

Ger Ryan
PRO, Tipperary County Board
Tel: 086 8149146
Email: pro.tipperary@gaa.ie

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday September 3rd. It will subsequently be published on the Tipperary GAA website (www.tipperary.gaa.ie)

Player Profiles

Willie Ryan (Captain, Toomevara)

Age 24 Height 5ft 9in Weight 12st 4lbs Occupation: Student

Willie was born on December 29th, 1984 and plays for the Toomevara club. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Limerick in the 2006 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, coming on as a late substitute. Willie won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2002 and a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2004. Willie has won 6 County Senior Hurling titles with his club as well as winning 2 Munster Club medals in 2004 and 2006. Willie won a National Hurling League medal in 2008 at corner-forward scoring 1-1 in the final. Willie captained Tipperary to Munster Senior Hurling Final honours in 2009.

Championship debut – 2006 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 13
Scored – 3-22
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Conor O’Mahony (Vice-Captain, Newport)

Age 24 Height 6ft 1in Weight 14st Occupation: Sales Rep

Conor was born on October 18th, 1984 and plays for the Newport club. Conor made his competitive debut for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers against Antrim in the 2005 National Hurling League. Conor is a very versatile player. Conor won 2 Munster Minor Hurling medals in 2001 (at midfield) and 2002 (at centre-forward). Conor helped Tipperary to win the 2003 Munster U-21 final by coming off the bench to score a goal in extra time against Cork while he won his second Munster U-21 medal at full-back in 2004 before also lining out at full-back in the 2005 Munster U-21 Final. He won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with Limerick Institute of Technology in 2005 (at corner-back) and 2007 (at centre-back). Conor was nominated for an All-Star at centre-back in 2007 and 2008, winning an All-Star award in 2008. Conor won a National Hurling League medal in 2008 at centre-back.

Conor scored 9 points from long range frees in the successful 2008 NHL campaign. Conor won the RTE man of the match for his performance at centre-back against Cork in the 2008 Munster Semi-Final and captured his first Munster Senior Hurling Championship medal in 2008 against Clare, winning his second Munster SH medal in 2009. Conor’s first score in the Championship came from a long range free against Waterford in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final. Conor has been selected as vice-captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team for 2009 and led out the team from centre-back in the Munster Championship games vs. Cork, Clare and Waterford and the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Limerick.

Championship debut – 2005 vs. Limerick (replay)
Number of Appearances – 21
Scored – 0-5

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Age 21 Height 6ft Weight 12st 13lbs Occupation: Apprentice Carpenter

Pa was born on May 18th, 1988 and plays with the Thurles Sarsfields club. Pa played with the Tipperary Minor hurlers in 2005 and 2006, finishing as top scorer in 2006 with 3-35 as he helped the Premier County win the All-Ireland Minor Hurling title. Pa also won a County Minor Hurling medal with Sarsfields in 2006 and won back to back County Minor Football titles with Sarsfields in 2005 and 2006, winning the man of the match award in the 2006 County Minor Football final. Pa was a key member of the Thurles CBS team which lost to St. Flannan’s in the 2005 Dr. Harty Cup Final.

Pa made his competitive debut with the Senior Hurlers in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling competition in January 2007, scoring 4 points, 3 from play at corner-forward. Pa made his League debut against Antrim in March 2007, scoring 1-1. Pa made his championship debut at corner-forward against Limerick in the first drawn game in the Munster semi-final in June 2007. Pa won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Pa is a grandson of John Maher of Killinan, Tipperary All-Ireland winning captain in 1945.

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (first drawn game)
Number of Appearances – 7
Scored – 0-1
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Eamonn Buckley (Drom and Inch)

Age 27 Height 6ft Weight 12st 13lbs Occupation: PE Teacher

Eamonn was born on March 9th, 1982 and plays for the Drom & Inch club. Eamonn made his competitive debut for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers against Clare in the 2005 National Hurling League. Eamonn’s Championship debut came against Limerick in the first drawn game in the 2007 Munster Championship when he lined out at right corner back. Eamonn won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2003 playing at corner-back. Eamonn won Mid Senior Hurling medals with Drom & Inch in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Eamonn won a National Hurling League medal at right corner-back in 2008 and has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals.

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (first drawn game)
Number of Appearances – 10
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Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age 20 Height 5ft 11in Weight 11st 13lbs Occupation: Student, UCC

Michael was born on January 3rd 1989 and plays for the Thurles Sarsfields club. Michael won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 as well as winning Munster Minor (2007) and Under 21 Hurling (2008) medals. Michael was a key member of the Thurles CBS team which lost to St. Flannan’s in the 2005 Dr. Harty Cup Final.

Michael made his debut with the Thurles Sarsfields Senior Hurling team in 2006. Michael has won 2 County U16 A Hurling medals with Durlas Og (2004, 2005). He has also won 2 County Minor “A” Hurling medals (2006 and 2007) and 2 County Minor “A” Football medals (2005, 2006). Michael played Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling with UCC in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Fitzgibbon Cup medal in 2009. Michael made his Senior inter-county debut as a substitute in the 2009 National Hurling League against Limerick.
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Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)

Age 20 Height 6ft 3in Weight 13st 3lbs Occupation: Student, LIT

Seamus was born on September 15th, 1988. Seamus won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006, scoring the winning point as a substitute in the 2006 All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final against Kilkenny. Seamus helped his club Drom & Inch win Mid Senior Hurling titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Seamus made his National League debut as a substitute against Offaly in 2008, scoring 0-3. Seamus won a National Hurling League medal as a late forward substitute in 2008.

Seamus made his Championship debut against Cork in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, scoring 3 points from play. In his next 5 Championship matches, Seamus scored a goal in each game. Seamus has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Seamus was nominated for an All-Star award in 2008 as well as being nominated as Young Hurler of the Year.

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 7
Scored – 5-15

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Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age 28 Height 6ft 2in Weight 13st 5lbs Occupation: Electrician

Lar was born on March 16th 1981 and plays for the Thurles Sarsfields club. Lar joined the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel at the age of 19, having never played minor hurling or Under-21 hurling for Tipperary up to that stage. Lar represented Tipperary at Under 21 level in 2001 and 2002. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Clare in the 2000 South East Hurling League playing at corner-forward. Lar won a National Hurling League medal in 2001, scoring 4 points in the final and 4-11 in 6 games in the 2001 NHL competition. Lar won his second National Hurling League medal in 2008, scoring 1-3 in the final to earn the man of the match award. Lar scored 5 goals and 10 points in the 2008 NHL campaign. Lar also won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2008, scoring 2 points in the final while he scored 2-2 in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Final while capturing his third medal. Lar won an All-Ireland and Munster Senior medal in 2001, scoring 1-1 in the Munster Final against Limerick and 2 points in the All-Ireland Final.

Lar won a County minor medal with Thurles Sarsfields in 1999 and a County Senior medal in 2005. Lar won an Inter Provincial Hurling medal in 2007, scoring two points from play at corner-forward for Munster in their victory over Connacht. Lar was nominated for an All-Star award in 2008. Lar captained Tipperary against Waterford in the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final.

Championship debut – 2001 vs. Clare
Number of Appearances – 36
Scored – 13-43

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Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon Grange)

Age 34 Height 6ft 1in Weight 14st 11lbs Occupation: Financial Planning
Consultant

Brendan who was born on May 11, 1975 plays for Ballybacon-Grange. A bank official by profession, he has won an All-Ireland medal, 3 Munster SH medals, 4 National League medals and an All-Ireland Under-21 medal in 1995. Brendan won a Railway Cup medal with Munster hurlers when he captained them to victory in 2001. He has been on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel since 1993. Brendan was selected as goalie on the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008 All-Star teams and won man of the match in the 2001 National Hurling League final.

Brendan has won the All-Ireland Poc Fada title in the Cooley Mountains on four occasions in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. He is also an accomplished footballer and played for a number of years as a forward with the Tipperary Senior football team. His father John played for Tipp and Munster footballers and coached Waterford senior footballers in 1999. Brendan has kept 14 clean sheets in his championship career to date.

Championship debut – 1995 vs. Waterford
Number of Appearances – 55 (Tipperary record)
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Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

Age 27 Height 6ft 1in Weight 14st Occupation: Primary School Teacher

Paul was born on November 11th 1981 and plays for the Mullinahone club. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Cork in the 2001 National League. Paul has won 2 National League and 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals. His Senior championship debut came as a sub in 2002 vs. Offaly. Paul won a County Senior Hurling medal with his club Mullinahone in 2002.

Paul captained the Waterford Institute of Technology to Fitzgibbon Cup honours in 2003. He played full-back for Tipperary in the 2003 championship and after playing at corner-back in 2004 and 2005, he has returned to the position of full-back since the 2006 Munster Final. Paul was nominated for an All-Star award in 2008 at full-back.

Championship debut – 2002 vs. Offaly
Number of Appearances – 26
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John Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore)

Age 26 Height 6ft 2in Weight 14st Occupation: Student

John was born on September 22nd 1982 and plays for the Clonoulty-Rossmore club. John played minor hurling for Tipp in 2000 and was full-back on the 2003 Tipp U-21 team which won the Munster Final, his 3rd year on the U-21 hurling panel. John made his competitive debut for Tipperary against Derry in March 2002 in the National Hurling League.

John’s Championship debut came as a substitute against Laois in the All-Ireland Qualifier in 2003 while he started at full-forward for Tipperary vs. Waterford in the 2004 Munster championship. John captained the University of Limerick to the 2005 Fitzgibbon Cup final, winning the man of the match award in the final despite playing on the losing side.

Championship debut – 2003 vs. Laois
Number of Appearances – 7
Scored – 1-2
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Benny Dunne (Toomevara)

Age 28 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 11lbs Occupation: Sales Rep

Benny was born on September 22nd 1980 and plays for the Toomevara club. Benny captained the Tipperary Senior Hurling team in 2005. He has won 8 County Senior Hurling medals and 2 Munster Club medals, normally in the back-line for his club. Benny won a National Hurling League medal at midfield in 2008 and a Munster Senior Hurling medal as a sub later that summer. Benny scored a point from play as a sub in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Final won by Tipperary over Waterford.

Benny has lined out in every line of the field at inter-county level with the exception of goal-keeper. Benny, who is a brother of All-Ireland SH medalists Tommy and Terry, played U-21 hurling with Tipperary in 2000 and 2001. Benny made his competitive debut for Tipperary against Derry in March 2002.

Championship debut – 2002 vs. Clare
Number of Appearances – 34
Scored – 4-29
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Darragh Egan (Kildangan)

Age 23 Height 6ft 2in Weight: 17st 2lbs Occupation: Student, Mary
Immaculate Limerick

Darragh was born on February 5th 1986 and plays for the Kildangan club. Darragh won a Munster minor medal as a goalkeeper in 2003. He won a Munster Under 21 medal at full-forward in 2006. Darragh has also won a Munster and All-Ireland Intermediate Club hurling medal with his club in 2004 in addition to North and County Intermediate medals in the same year, all won while playing corner-forward.

Darragh is also an accomplished footballer and played with the Tipperary Minor Footballers in 2004 as well as being selected on the Irish Compromise Rules U-18 team which toured Australia in 2004. Darragh made his competitive debut with the Tipperary Senior hurlers in February 2005 when he lined out at full-forward in the National Hurling League vs. Down, scoring 1-1. He scored 1-1 as a substitute against Limerick in the 2005 National League. Darragh won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008 and also a Munster Senior Hurling medal.

Championship debut – 2005 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 11
Scored – 2-8

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Declan Fanning (Killenaule)

Age 30 Height 6ft 2in Weight 14st Occupation: Agricultural Mechanic

Declan was born on June 24th, 1979 and plays for the Killenaule club. Declan won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 1997 playing at midfield. Declan made his competitive debut as a sub at wing-back for Tipperary against Wexford in the 2004 National Hurling League. Declan’s championship debut came at centre-back against Limerick in June 2004.

Declan had an excellent year in 2007, winning an All-Star award at full-back as well as winning an Inter Provincial Hurling medal with Munster. Declan won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Declan has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Declan has also played Senior championship football with Tipperary, lining out in Croke Park in 2003 against Donegal. He has won South Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Championship debut – 2004 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 23
Scored – 0-1
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Diarmaid Fitzgerald (Roscrea)

Age 26 Height 5ft 10in Weight 13st 12lbs Occupation Physiotherapist

Diarmaid was born on February 18th, 1983 and plays for the Roscrea club. He was a member of the Tipperary Minor panel for 2 years and captained Tipperary to Munster Minor honours in 2001. Diarmaid won 2 Munster Under-21 medals as a centre-back in 2003 and 2004 (the latter year as captain). With UCD, Diarmaid has won a Freshers All-Ireland in 2002 and a Walsh Cup medal in 2004, defeating Kilkenny in the final. Diarmaid also has 2 Dublin Senior Hurling medals in 2004 and 2005. Diarmaid is a versatile player and played in the backs and forwards at Championship level for Tipperary.

Diarmaid has won 2 North Minor Hurling medals with his club Roscrea (1999 and 2000) and a North Senior medal in 2004. Diarmaid can play in any position in the backline. Diarmaid made his competitive debut at wing-back for Tipperary against Offaly in the 2004 National Hurling League. Diarmaid won the RTE man of the match in Tipperary’s extra time replay victory over Limerick in May 2005. Diarmaid won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Diarmaid won a Munster All-Star award as a corner-back in 2005.

Championship debut – 2004 vs. Waterford
Number of Appearances – 17
Scored – 0-1
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Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

Age 28 Height 6ft 2in Weight 15st 10lbs Occupation Financial Adviser

Darren was born on March 19th 1981 and plays for the Portroe club, which he captains this year. Darren joined the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel in 2008 having had previous inter-county experience as sub-goalie on the 2002 Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel. Darren plays in goal and was sub-goalie for Tipperary in the first two rounds of the 2008 National Hurling League. Darren won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Darren has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Darren made his National League debut against Galway in the 2009 National Hurling League. Darren made his Championship debut as a 10 minute blood sub against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 1
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Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Age 19 Height 6ft 2in Weight 14st 4lbs Occupation: Student, NUIG

Seamus was born on October 9th, 1989. Seamus plays for the Kilruane MacDonaghs club. Seamus made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, scoring 3 points from right half-forward in a Tipperary victory. Seamus scored 6 points in total in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup competition. Seamus made his National League debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 League campaign, scoring two points from play after being introduced.

Seamus won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 at wing-forward. Seamus won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007 and captained Tipperary to win the Munster Under 21 Hurling title in 2008. Seamus was the reliable free-taker for the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship, scoring a total of 33 points in 5 matches playing at right half-forward. At club level, Seamus has won County medals at Minor "A" Hurling, Under 21 "A" Hurling (2) and Junior "B" Football as well as numerous North Divisional medals with Kilruane MacDonaghs. Seamus is the youngest player to play Senior for his club.
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Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

Age 27 Height 5ft 10in Weight 13st 10lbs Occupation: Finance Rep

Eoin who was born on January 6, 1982, plays for the Mullinahone club. Eoin made his Senior championship debut vs. Galway in the 2000 All-Ireland Quarter-Final as a forward substitute – he was also sub-goalie on that occasion if required. Eoin won an All-Ireland Colleges medal with St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny in 2000 and has 2 Munster Minor Hurling medals – 1997 and 1999 and 2 Munster Under 21 medals in 1999 and 2003 (as captain). Eoin has won 2 National Hurling League medals, 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals and an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal. Eoin has played in goal for the Tipp minors and Mullinahone is the past but is better known as an excellent forward, one of the best in the modern game. Eoin is a brother of former All-Star Paul Kelly.

Eoin won a Railway Cup medal with Munster in 2001 and captained Munster in the 2006 semi-final defeat to Connacht, scoring 1-6 in the process. Eoin won an All-Star award at corner-forward and also won the Eircell Vodafone Young Hurler of the Year. He repeated both of these feats in 2002 and also won All-Stars in 2004, 2005 and 2006 to become only the second player ever to win 5 All-Star awards at the age of 24 (Pat Hartigan of Limerick was the other). Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) subsequently equalled this achievement. Eoin is Tipperary’s all time leading scorer in Senior Hurling Championship history.

Eoin captained Tipperary to win the 2008 Waterford Crystal Cup, the 2008 National Hurling League title and the Munster Senior Hurling title. Eoin won a County Senior Hurling medal with his club Mullinahone in 2002, scoring 2-7 in the replay and winning the man of the match award. Kelly later studied civil engineering at Limerick Institute of Technology and graduated in 2006. He won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with the college in 2005 as team captain. Eoin finished a credible third behind team mate Brendan Cummins in the 2006 All-Ireland Poc Fada Final in the Cooley Mountains. Eoin is a first cousin of the Morans from the Limerick Senior hurling team, i.e. Ollie, James and Niall.

Championship debut – 2000 vs. Galway
Number of Appearances – 42
Scored – 14-270

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Paul Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels)

Age 29 Height 5ft 11in Weight 12st 13lbs Occupation: Office Employee

Paul who was born on December 14, 1979, plays for the O’Loughlin Gaels club in Kilkenny having originally played for Mullinahone. Paul won a National Hurling League medal, Munster Senior Hurling medal and an All-Ireland medal in 2001 at wing-back. He won an All-Ireland minor medal in 1996, a Munster minor medal in 1997 and a Munster Under-21 medal in 1999. Won 2 U-21 caps for Ireland in the Shinty Internationals vs. Scotland. Paul has been on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel since 1998.

Paul is a first cousin of the Morans from the Limerick Senior hurling team, i.e. Ollie, James and Niall. Paul won a Railway Cup medal with Munster in 2001. He is a brother of 5 time All-Star Eoin Kelly. Paul won a County Senior Hurling medal with his club Mullinahone in 2002. Paul has won 2 All-Star awards in 2002 and 2005 at wing-back and midfield respectively. Paul was named the RTE man of the match in the 2005 Munster Senior Hurling final defeat to Cork, scoring 7 points from midfield.

Championship debut – 1998 vs. Waterford
Number of Appearances – 36
Scored – 1-48
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Gerry Kennedy (Killenaule)

Age 23 Height 5ft 9in Weight 12st 4lbs Occupation: GK Refrigeration
Employee

Gerry was born on December 16th, 1985 and plays with the Killenaule club. Gerry was part of the Tipperary Under 21 panel from 2004 to 2006, lining out in goal in the 2006 season helping Tipperary to win the Munster championship without conceding a goal while scoring a point from a long range free in the semi-final against Clare. Gerry has won 2 Munster Under 21 Hurling medals, in 2004 and 2006. Gerry helped Killenaule to win back-to-back County U-21 titles in 2003 and 2004 and he has won South Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Gerry made his League debut for Tipperary in the 2007 National Hurling League match vs. Antrim. Gerry made his Championship debut in the first replay against Limerick in the 2007 Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final. Gerry was the sub-goalkeeper for Munster in the 2007 Inter Provincial Hurling Championship which defeated Connacht in the final. Gerry won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Gerry has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals.

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (1st replay)
Number of Appearances – 6

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Pat Kerwick (Killenaule)

Age 27 Height: 5ft 11in 79 Weight: 12st 6lbs Occupation: Bricklayer

Pat was born on May 18th 1982 and plays for the Killenaule club. Pat made his Senior competitive debut for Tipperary in 2006 Waterford Crystal Cup against Limerick. Pat made his National Hurling League debut against Offaly in 2008, lining out at right half-forward scoring 1-1 from play. Pat won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Pat made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, scoring a point from play. Pat has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Pat never played Minor, Under 21 or Intermediate hurling with Tipperary. Pat has won South Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005, 2007 and 2008.

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 7
Scored – 1-10

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Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

Age 20 Height 5ft 11in Weight 12st 6lbs Occupation Primary School Teacher

Brendan was born on January 5th, 1989. Brendan plays for the Borris-Ileigh club. Brendan made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, lining out at left corner-back in a Tipperary victory. Brendan made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, lining out at wing-back. Brendan made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Brendan’s first Championship start came at left half-back in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final vs. Limerick.

Brendan played for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three years, winning 2 All-Ireland Minor medals in 2006 and in 2007 (as captain). Brendan has also a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007 and a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2009. Brendan scored 0-12 from play in the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship campaign following up from his contribution of 1-4 in the 2006 campaign. Brendan was the second player from the Borris-Ileigh club to captain a Tipperary Minor team to All-Ireland success, following in the foot steps of Paddy Kenny in 1947. Brendan lined out with the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Munster medal in 2008.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 4
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Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age 20 Height 6ft Weight 14st Occupation: Apprentice Plumber

Padraic was born on February 9th 1989. Padraic plays for the Thurles Sarsfields club and made his Senior debut with the club in 2006. Padraic won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals as a full-back in 2006 and 2007. Padraic also won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007, a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2008 and a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2009.

With Durlas Og, Padraic won two County Under 16 A Hurling medals (2004 and 2005). He has also won 2 County Minor "A" Hurling medals (2006 and 2007), 2 County Minor "A" Football medals (2005 and 2006) and 1 County Under 21 "A" Hurling medal (2008). Padraic won the Corn Na Mac Leinn All Ireland Football title in 2007 with the Tipperary Institute. Padraic’s father Paddy won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 1980. Padraic made his National League debut as a substitute against Dublin in March 2009. Padraic made his Championship debut at wing-back against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 4
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Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

Age 19 Height 5ft 11in Weight 12st 8lbs Occupation: Mechanic (fitter)

Patrick "Bonnar" Maher was born on October 12th, 1989. Patrick plays for the Lorrha club. Patrick made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, lining out at left half-forward. Patrick scored a goal against Clare in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup Final. Patrick made his debut in the National Hurling League in February 2009, lining out at centre-forward against Waterford and scoring a point in a 2-13 to 1-12 Tipperary victory.

Patrick won Munster and All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2007, scoring 3-2 from play in the 2007 Minor Championship. Patrick won a County Intermediate Hurling title with his club in 2007 and helped Banagher Colleges win the Leinster Vocational schools title in 2007. Patrick was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel which lost the 2008 Munster Final to Limerick. Patrick won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2009.
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Shane Maher (Burgess)

Age 28 Height 6ft Weight 13st 5lbs Occupation: Bricklayer

Shane was born on April 22nd, 1981 and plays for the Burgess club. Shane is a talented hurler and footballer and has lined out with Tipperary at Minor Football (1998 and 1999), Under 21 Football (2000, 2001 and 2002 as captain), Under 21 Hurling (2002), Junior Football (2001), Intermediate Hurling (2002, 2003 and 2004) and Senior Football (2003). Shane made his Senior Hurling competitive debut at centre-forward for Tipperary against Offaly in the 2004 National Hurling League.

Shane made his Championship debut against Dublin at left half-back in the 2007 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers. Shane won a National Hurling League medal at left half-back in 2008 and a Munster Senior Hurling medal later that summer. Shane’s first score in the Championship came against Waterford in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final. Shane was nominated for an All-Star award in 2008 at wing-back. Shane was an integral part of the Burgess side that won the 2005 County Intermediate Hurling final.

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Dublin
Number of Appearances – 6
Scored – 0-1

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Hugh Maloney (Nenagh Éire Óg)

Age 26 Height 6ft Weight 13st 10lbs Occupation: Accountant

Hugh was born on July 1st, 1983 and plays for the Nenagh Éire Óg club. Hugh won a Munster minor medal in 2001 and played at wing-back in the Tipperary team which won the Munster Under-21 title in 2003. Hugh was also a member of the 2003 Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel. Hugh has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals, both as a substitute in 2008 and 2009.

Hugh has won 3 Fitzgibbon Cup medals with WIT in 2003, 2004 and 2006 (when he was joint captain). Hugh made his championship debut as a substitute vs. Clare in the 2005 Munster semi-final. Hugh has lined out at corner-back, wing-back, midfield and centre-forward for Tipperary at Senior Championship level. At club level, Hugh has won 1 North Tipp u-14 hurling medal, 1 North Tipp Junior Hurling medal (2000), 1 County Junior Hurling medal (2000), 1 Munster Junior Hurling medal (2001) and 2 North Tipp Senior Hurling medals (2001 and 2009).

Championship debut – 2005 vs. Clare
Number of Appearances – 18
Scored – 0-5
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Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Age 18 Height 6ft Weight 13st 5lbs Occupation: Student, LIT

Noel was born on December 17th, 1990. Noel plays for the Loughmore-Castleiney club. Noel made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Clare in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup Final, scoring a point from play at right corner-forward. Noel made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009. Noel made his Championship debut at corner-forward against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 3 points from play. Noel won a Munster Senior Hurling Medal in 2009, scoring 0-13 in three matches in that year’s Munster championship.

Noel lined out with the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three seasons, winning All-Ireland medals in 2006 and 2007 and a Munster Minor medal in 2007. Noel won the RTE man of the match award in the 2007 All-Ireland semi-final victory over Kilkenny. He played an impressive role as a second half substitute at wing-back in the 2006 All-Ireland semi-final defeat over Kilkenny. In all, Noel played 11 Championship matches for the Tipperary Minor hurlers, scoring 1-34 (0-15 frees, 0-2 sideline cuts, 1-17 from play) in total.

Noel won an All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling medal in 2006 and a Dean Ryan Cup medal with Our Ladys Templemore in 2007. Noel helped his club to win County and Munster Club Senior Hurling medals in 2007. Noel’s father Pat played for Tipperary at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 4
Scored – 1-15
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Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

Age 25 Height 5ft 11in Weight 11st 13lbs Occupation: Student, Mary
Immaculate Limerick

Shane was born on September 12th, 1984 and plays for the Ballinahinch club in North Tipperary. Shane won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2004 as a substitute and he started at wing-forward against Down in the 2005 All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling semi-final. Shane won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with Limerick Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2007. Shane is a versatile player and can play in the half-back line, midfield or in the half-forward line.

Shane made his National Hurling League debut for the Tipperary Senior Hurling team at wing-forward against Limerick in February 2006. Shane made his championship debut at midfield against Limerick in the first round of the 2006 Munster championship. Shane played with Munster hurlers in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Inter Provincial Championships, winning a medal in 2007 at right half forward. Shane won a National Hurling League medal at midfield in 2008, scoring a point in the final and ten points during the 2008 NHL campaign. Shane has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Shane was selected at midfield in the 2008 All-Star team.

Championship debut – 2006 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 17
Scored – 0-14
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Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)

Age 24 Height 5ft 9in Weight 12st 8lbs Occupation: Garda

Conor was born on May 30th, 1985 and is from the Eire Og Annacarty club. Conor won a Munster Minor medal in 2003 and Munster Under 21 medals in 2004 and 2006. Conor played with the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling team in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He finished second in the 1999 All-Ireland Feile Skills final behind Kilkenny’s James “Cha” Fitzpatrick. Conor helped his club to win the 2006 County Intermediate Hurling title playing at midfield. Conor made his National League debut at left corner-back against Dublin in the 2007 National Hurling League.

Conor won a National Hurling League medal in 2008 playing at left corner-back. Conor made his Championship debut against Cork in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final and has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Conor was nominated for an All-Star award in 2008 at corner-back.

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 6

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John O’Brien (Toomevara)

Age 27 Height 6ft 2in Weight 13st 8lbs Occupation: Sales Rep

John was born on January 1st 1982 and plays for the Toomevara club. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Laois in the 2001 National League. John has won a Munster minor hurling medal (1999), an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Hurling medal (2001), 3 Munster Senior medals (2001, 2008, 2009) and a Munster Under 21 hurling medal (2003). John won the RTE Man of the Match award in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Final, scoring 1-4 from wing-forward.

John has won 7 County medals with Toomevara and 2 Munster Club medals in 2004 and 2006. He is a brother of Paddy who first made an appearance on the Tipp team in 2000. John won the man of the match award for the 2000, 2001 and 2006 County Senior Hurling Finals, scoring 2-1, 1-5 and 1-4 respectively. John won a National Hurling League medal as a second half forward substitute in 2008.

Championship debut – 2001 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 15
Scored – 2-19

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Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

Age 21 Height 5ft 9in Weight 12st 13lbs Occupation: Apprentice Plumber

Gearóid was born on August 26th, 1988. Gearoid plays for the Templederry Kenyons club. Gearóid made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, scoring a point from play. Gearoid won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006, lining out at midfield in the final. Gearoid was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel in 2007 and 2008 Gearoid was part of the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Munster medal in 2008. Gearoid made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 2
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Tony Scroope (Burgess)

Age 25 Height 6ft 1in Weight 13st 12lbs Occupation Insurance & Investment
Manager

Tony plays for the Burgess club. Tony played an integral part of the Burgess side that won the 2005 County Intermediate Hurling final. He has won Munster hurling medals with Tipperary at minor (2002) and Under-21 (2003 and 2004) level. Tony was a member of the 2003 Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel before making his Senior competitive debut as a sub at wing-forward for Tipperary against Antrim in the 2004 National Hurling League. Tony made his Senior championship debut against Limerick in 2004.

Championship debut – 2004 vs. Limerick
Number of Appearances – 1

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Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

Age 24 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 4lbs Occupation: Clerical Officer

Paddy was born on August 12th, 1985. Paddy plays for the Borris-Ileigh club and made his Senior competitive debut for Tipperary in the 2006 Waterford Crystal Shield against Waterford. Paddy made his National League debut against Limerick in 2008 coming on as a substitute. Paddy won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2006 at right corner-back and won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2003, lining out at centre-back.

Paddy won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Paddy has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Paddy made his Championship debut as a blood substitute in the 2008 All-Ireland Semi-Final against Waterford. Paddy made his first Championship start at right corner-back in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship vs. Cork. Paddy has won 2 North Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005 and 2007.

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Waterford
Number of Appearances – 5

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Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

Age 21 Height 6ft 1in Weight 13st 10lbs Occupation: Student, UL

Thomas was born on February 21st, 1988 and plays with the Templederry Kenyons club. Thomas played at wing-back for the 2005 Tipperary Minor team before moving to centre-back in 2006 as Tipperary won the All-Ireland title. Thomas’s father Michael won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 1976 playing at wing-back for Tipperary. Thomas has lined out for the University of Limerick hurlers in the past two seasons.

Thomas made his League debut for Tipperary against Dublin in the 2007 National Hurling League scoring a point from midfield. Thomas made his Championship debut as a substitute in the first replay against Limerick in the 2007 Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final. Thomas won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008 and he won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in the same year lining out at centre-back.

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (1st replay)
Number of Appearances – 3

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Micheál Webster (Loughmore Castleiney)

Age 32 Height 6ft 3in Weight 15st 6lbs Occupation: Sales Rep

Micheal was born on August 1st 1977 and is from the Loughmore-Castleiney club. Michael made his debut with the Tipperary hurlers in the 2005 season and was nominated for an All-Star award that year. At club level, Micheal helped his club to win the 2007 County and Munster Senior Hurling titles. Micheal also captained Loughmore to win the 2004 County Senior Football Final. Micheal has won Mid Tipperary hurling medals with his club in 2002, 2003 and 2004 as well as numerous Mid Senior Football medals, Under 21 "A" Mid and County Football medals and Under 21 "B" Mid and County Hurling medals.

Micheal is an accomplished footballer, playing with the Tipperary Junior Footballers in 2002 before making his Senior Football inter-county championship debut vs. Limerick in the first round of the 2004 Munster Senior Football championship. Micheal made his competitive debut with the Tipperary Senior hurlers in February 2005 when he lined out at full-forward in the National Hurling League vs. Down, scoring a goal and setting up 2 others. Micheal has won medals at Mid Senior Hurling and Micheal won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Micheal has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals.

Championship debut – 2005 vs. Limerick (drawn match)
Number of Appearances – 16
Scored – 1-4

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James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)

Age 23 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 6lbs Occupation: Garda

James was born on March 24th, 1986 and is from the Drom & Inch club. James won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2003, lining out at wing-forward and a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2006, playing at midfield. James was a key figure in Drom & Inch’s progress to the 2005 County Senior Hurling Final and the side which won the Mid Senior Hurling title in 2006, 2008 and 2009. James lined out for the Garda College in the 2006 Fitzgibbon Cup competition. James made his National Hurling League debut as a substitute against Limerick in February 2006. His championship debut came when he lined out at midfield against Limerick in the first drawn game in the 2007 Munster semi-final, scoring 2 points from play. James won a National Hurling League medal playing at wing-forward in 2008. James has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals.

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (first drawn game)
Number of Appearances – 11
Scored – 0-5

Photographs of all the Tipperary players can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information –
http://tipperary.gaa.ie/seniorhurlingplayerprofiles.html.

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Liam Sheedy who is team manager, was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 2005 and 2006, winning an All-Ireland title in 2006. He also served as Manager of the Intermediate Hurling team. He played 7 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship medals in 1989 and 1991.

Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, played 5 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.

Michael Ryan played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.

Trainer

Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is the team trainer. He has extensive experience training club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers.

Tipperary Path to Final

Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 Croke Park Dublin All-Ireland S/F 16/8/09
Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Final 12/7/09
Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 Páirc na nGael Limerick Munster S/F 21/6/09
Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Q/F 31/5/09

Tipperary Team v Limerick 16/8/09

B Cummins; P Stapleton, Padraic Maher, P Curran, D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt), Brendan Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

Subs: B Dunne for S McGrath (54), G Ryan for Woodlock (62), M Webster for Kerwick (63), P Kelly for E Kelly (65), W Ryan for Corbett (67).

Scorers — Tipperary: L Corbett 3-1, E Kelly 1-6 (6f), P Kerwick 1-3, N McGrath 1-2, S Callanan, C O’Mahony (2f 1 ’65) 0-3 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary Team v Waterford 12/7/09

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

Subs: B Maher for Curran (35 mins), W Ryan for Kelly (half-time), B Dunne for Woodlock (46), H Maloney for Kerwick (56), M Webster for O’Brien (69).

Scorers: L Corbett 2-02, E Kelly 1-03 (0-02f), S Callanan 1-01, N McGrath 0-03 (0-01f), P Kerwick, C O’Mahony (0-01f), S McGrath, J O’Brien, B Dunne 0-01 each

Tipperary Team v Clare 21/6/09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, N McGrath.

Subs: B Maher for O’Mahony (ht), W Ryan for Kerwick (53), B Dunne for S McGrath (62), H Maloney for Callanan (63), P Kelly for E Kelly (66).

Scorers: N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 s/l), J O’Brien 1-2, L Corbett 1-1, P Kerwick, E Kelly (0-3f) 0-3 each, S Callanan 1-0, J Woodlock, D Fanning 0-1 each

Tipperary Team v Cork 31/5//09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, M Webster.

Subs: P Kerwick for Webster (51), B Maher for O’Mahony (55), D Gleeson for Cummins (blood-sub 60), G Ryan for N McGrath (63), B Dunne for Woodlock (65), P Kelly for Callanan (68).

Scorers: S Callanan 1-3, E Kelly 0-5 (4f), N McGrath, L Corbett 0-3 each, B Dunne, S McGrath (1 line ball) 0-2 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary V Kilkenny: Previous Championship Meetings

Tipperary and Kilkenny have met 19 times previously in the championship with Tipperary winning 12 times, Kilkenny 7 times and no draws.

Date Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer
2003 All Ireland Semi-final Kilkenny 3 -18 Tipperary 0-15 Eoin Kelly
0-8

2002 All Ireland Semi-final Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16 Eoin Kelly
0-4

1991 All Ireland Final Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15 Michael Cleary
1-6

1971 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14 Michael “Babs” Keating 0-7

1967 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7 Donie Nealon
2-0

1964 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8 Jimmy Doyle
0-10

1958 All Ireland Semi-final Tipperary 1-13 Kilkenny 1-8 Jimmy Doyle
1-8

1950 All Ireland Final Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8 Paddy Kenny
1-2

1945 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6

1937 All Ireland Final Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3
Played in Killarney
1922 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6

1916
All Ireland Final Tipperary (Boherlahan) 5-4 Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 3-2

1913 All Ireland Final Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 2-4 Tipperary (Toomevara) 1-2

1911 All Ireland Final
(Limerick withdrew and Tipp were nominated to replace them in an unofficial final)
Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 3-3 Tipperary(Thurles) 1-2
1909 All Ireland Final
Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 4-6 Tipperary (Thurles) 0-12

1900 All Ireland Semi-Final
Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11 Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 1-8

1898 All Ireland Final
Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-13 Kilkenny (Threecastles) 3-10
1895 All Ireland Final
Tipperary (Tubberadora) 6-8 Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 1-0
First final at Jones Road
1887 All Ireland Semi-Final
Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7 Kilkenny (Tuillaroan) 0-0

Last Championship Meeting All Ireland SH Semi Final August 17th 2003

Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15

KILKENNY: J. McGarry; M. Kavanagh, N. Hickey, J. Ryall; S. Dowling, P. Barry, J.J. Delaney; D. Lyng, P. Mullally; J. Hoyne, H. Shefflin, T. Walsh; D.J. Carey, M. Comerford, E. Brennan.
Sub: J. Coogan for Walsh (56th minute).

TIPPERARY: B. Cummins; T. Costello, P. Curran, M. Maher; E. Corcoran, T. Dunne, P. Kelly; E. Enright, B. Dunne; M. O’Leary, C. Gleeson, J. Carroll; E. Kelly, L. Corbett, B. O’Meara (capt.).
Subs: N. Morris for Corbett (54th minute); P. O’Brien for O’Leary (59th); B. Horgan for Enright (62nd); D. Kennedy for Costello (64th); E. Brislane for T. Dunne (71st).

Scorers: Kilkenny H. Shefflin 1-7 (0-5 frees); E. Brennan 1-4; T. Walsh 1-0; D.J. Carey 0-3 seventies; D. Lyng 0-2; J. Hoyne and J. Coogan 0-1 each.

Tipperary: E. Kelly 0-8 (0-6 frees); C. Gleeson 0-2; P. Kelly, J. Carroll, P. O’Meara, E. Enright and P. O’Brien 0-1 each.

Referee: P. O’Connor (Limerick) Attendance: 60,087

Last Meeting National Hurling League Final May 3rd 2009

Kilkenny 2-26 Tipperary 4-17 (after extra time)

KILKENNY: P.J. Ryan; M. Kavanagh, J.J. Delaney, J. Tyrrell; T. Walsh, B. Hogan, J. Ryall; J. Tennyson, M. Rice; R. Hogan, H. Shefflin (capt.), E. Larkin; E. Brennan, T.J. Reid, A. Fogarty.
Subs: M. Comerford for B. Hogan (injured, 10); M. Grace for Comerford (yellow card, 13); J. Fitzpatrick for Shefflin (yellow card, 43); S. Cummins for Kavanagh (yellow card, 78).

TIPPERARY: B. Cummins; P. Stapleton, P. Curran, C. O’Brien; D. Fanning, P. Maher, S. Maher; T. Stapleton, S. McGrath; J. Woodlock, S. Callanan, J. O’Brien (capt.); N. McGrath, M. Webster, L. Corbett.
Subs: B. Maher for Fanning (yellow card, 12); H. Maloney for S. Maher, (injured, 14); B. Dunne for Maloney (58); S. Hennessy for Woodlock (62); D. Fitzgerald for T. Stapleton (et); Patrick Maher for Webster (80); E. Buckley for Padraic Maher (91).

Scorers for Kilkenny: R. Hogan 1-10 (0-7 frees); A. Fogarty 1-5; H. Shefflin (0-1 free, 0-1 ‘65) and T. J. Reid (0-1 sideline) 0-4 each; E. Brennan 0-2; E. Larkin 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan 1-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 ‘65); N. McGrath 1-5; J. Woodlock and J. O’Brien 1-1 each; S. McGrath 0-2; B. Cummins 0-1 free.

Referee: J. Sexton (Cork). Attendance: 17, 087

Snippets

Appearances in 09

Paul Curran is the only played who has started all 12 games Tipperary have played in League and Championship this year. Benny Dunne, John O’Brien and James Woodlock have played in all 12 games either starting or coming on as a substitute.

Championship Scorers in 09

Lar Corbett is Tipp’s top scorer in the current championship campaign with 6-7, all from play. Eoin Kelly is next with 2-17 (0-15f). He is followed jointly by Noel McGrath with 1-15 (0-2f, 0-1s/l) and then Seamus Callanan with 3-7.

Championship Debutants under Liam Sheedy

Liam Sheedy has given 9 players championship debuts in his 2 seasons as Tipp SH Manager: Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Pat Kerwick, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, Conor O’Brien, Gearóid Ryan and Paddy Stapleton.

Previous All Ireland Senior Final Experience

4 players on the Tipperary panel – Brendan Cummins (1997 and 2001), Lar Corbett (2001), Eoin Kelly (2001) and Paul Kelly (2001) have previously played in an All Ireland senior hurling final. Paul Curran and John O’Brien were on the panel in 2001 but did not play in the final.

Club Representation on Tipperary Panel

The 35 players on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel represent 21 clubs (20 in Tipperary and 1 in Kilkenny) between them as follows:

Thurles Sarsfields – 4, Toomevara – 3, Drom and Inch – 3, Killenaule – 3, Borris-Ileigh – 2, Burgess – 2, Loughmore-Castleiney – 2, Mullinahone – 2, Templederry Kenyons – 2, Ballybacon Grange – 1, Clonoulty Rossmore – 1, Éire Óg Annacarty – 1, Ballinahinch – 1, Kildangan – 1, Kilruane MacDonaghs – 1, Lorrha and Dorrha -1, Nenagh Éire Óg – 1, Newport – 1, Portroe – 1, Roscrea -1, and O’Loughlin Gaels – 1.

Conor O’Mahony (Newport) and Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) are the only players not from senior clubs. Both their clubs play at Intermediate level.

Average Age of Tipperary Players

The average age of the Tipperary panel is 24 years and 7 months. The average age of the team which started the semi-final against Limerick was 24 years and 10 months. . The average age of the last Tipperary starting 15 to win All-Ireland Senior Hurling honours in 2001 was 24 years 2 months with 10 players aged 24 or less. Brendan Cummins was the third oldest player on that team aged 26 trailing only Declan Ryan (33) and Eddie Enright (27).

Best attended Tipp v Kilkenny championship games

1964 Final 71,282.
1945 Final 69,459
1950 Final 67,629
1991 Final 64,500
1967 Final 64,241
1971 Final 61,393
2003 Semi Final 60,087

It will be a major surprise if this year’s final is not the best attended ever game between the two counties.

On the double

The last hurler to play in the Senior Championship with Tipperary and Kilkenny was Denis Byrne (Graigue/Ballycallan (Kilkenny) & Mullinahone (Tipperary). Having played with Kilkenny and captained them to the Leinster title in 1999, he changed club and county allegiance in 2003, making his championship debut for Tipperary v. Laois, at Portlaoise, in a qualifier game on June 14th. Denis lined out at full forward and scored 0-6. He also played against Galway in the next round and came on as a substitute against Offaly in the Quarter Final victory at Croke Park. He didn’t play against Kilkenny in the semi final, which was the last championship meeting between the teams.

Defending the title

When Kilkenny met Tipp in the 1964 All Ireland final they were defending the title, won against Waterford in a high scoring decider (4-17 to 6-8) the previous year. The Leinster champions were favourites to win the game, but were beaten by double scores 5-13 to 2-8. Tipperary led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half time. The game was refereed by Aubrey Higgins from Galway – the last time a Connacht man refereed the All Ireland final. That was the only previous occasion that Tipperary and Kilkenny played on September 6th.

Tipperary had previously dethroned Kilkenny in the 1958 semi final, again after the black and amber had beaten Waterford in the previous decider.

Kilkenny have also dethroned Tipperary on two occasions, the 1909 Final and the 2002 All Ireland semi final. Seven years ago, Kilkenny won a tremendous game, 1-20 to 1-16, before an attendance of 53,385.

Playing with rivals

Paul Kelly joined O’Loughlin Gaels in 2008, where his club mates include Martin Comerford and Brian Hogan. He may be a popular and valuable player in the white and green, but the battle for supremacy will mean business takes precedence until after the game. Paul has proven his versatility for club and county over the years having played in various positions, from half back to corner forward. He played at left half back in Tipperary’s 2001 All Ireland victory and also lined out at midfield, during the campaign.

In his first competitive match for O’ Loughlin Gaels, against Fenians, at Freshford,on May 8th 2008, Paul lined out at left half forward and contributed 0-3 .The game ended in a draw at 1-14 each. His performance, at left half back, in the Co. Semi final loss to James Stephens was highly impressive.

Hurling Academy

During his time as a student, at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, Eoin Kelly played in two Colleges’ All Ireland Finals. Despite scoring 1-7 in the 1999 final at Croke Park, he lost to a St Flannan’s College team, captained by Ballinahinch’s Dermot Gleeson and powered by Toomevara’s Benny Dunne, who scored 0-3. There was a happy ending to the 2000 Final at Nenagh, when Eoin, who lined out at centre forward and scored 0-7, avenged the previous year’s defeat. His colleagues on that winning team included current Kilkenny senior hurlers Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan , Jackie Tyrrell and Michael Rice.

Managers Debuts

Liam Sheedy made his Senior championship debut for Tipperary against Down in the 1997 All Ireland quarter final at Clones. It was the first quarter final in the new back door system and Tipperary won by 3-24 to 3-8. Liam lined out at right half back and held a place on the team until the end of the 1999 campaign.

Brian Cody made his Senior championship debut for Kilkenny at left half back in the 1973 All Ireland final loss to Limerick. Following their Leinster Final win over Wexford, Kilkenny lost four players through injury and emigration before they played Limerick. Brian had captained the All Ireland winning Minor team the previous year.

Interestingly, neither Manager played championship hurling against his upcoming opponents.

Managing the clubs

This year two former Tipperary senior hurlers are involved with Kilkenny Senior Clubs. Dinny Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) is with Graigue/Ballycallan, while John Leahy is again taking charge of Carrickshock, where former Tipp underage player Emmet Dunphy (Roscrea) is the goalkeeper.

Crossing the lines

Two Kilkenny men who played in Tipperary County Finals over the past thirty five years were Pat Kavanagh (Rower Inistioge / Borris-Ileigh) and Richard Dunne (Danesfort/Roscrea). Pat played in his first Tipperary Co. Final in 1977 and lost to Kilruane MacDonaghs in a replay, but he was on the winning Borris-Ileigh team against Roscrea in 1981 and was a substitute, when they next won the title , beating Loughmore Castleiney, in 1983.

Richard was unlucky to lose out with Roscrea in the 1981 Final and again the following year, when Moycarkey/Borris won the title in a replay.

The last Tipp man to play in a Kilkenny county final was James Moran (Ballylooby -Castlegrace), who played for James Stephens in their unsuccessful bid to dethrone the Shamrocks, in last year’s decider.

Other familiar faces

Tom Russell, goalkeeper on the Moyne/ Templetuohy team which won the Tipp County title in 1971 has been involved with the Galmoy club for many years. His son, Phil, plays with Laois. Mick Lonergan (Moycarkey/ Borris) who came on as a substitute for Tipperary in the All Ireland finals of 1964 and 1967, both against Kilkenny, has also been involved with that club. Mick’s sons wore the Galmoy colours and Brian won a minor All Ireland title with Kilkenny in 1993 .

The club has engaged several Tipp Managers / Coaches over the years, including Michael Doyle, Joe Tynan and Paddy Moore.

Guarding the city

It is not unusual to see some well known Tipp hurling faces around the streets of Kilkenny City. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch), Stephen Hogan (Lorrha and Dorrha) and Liam Maher (Boherlahan Dualla) are Guardians of the Peace! Liam has been involved with the Dicksboro club since his departure from Boherlahan Dualla, with whom he won a Tipp Co Senior hurling title in 1996, scoring the winning point against Toomevara. Liam made a successful championship debut for Tipp, against Clare, in 1983.

Deflation or Inflation

John Doyle’s record of fifty four championship appearances for Tipperary, which stood since 1967,

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