Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel

2009 All Ireland Hurling Sem-Final

Tipperary V Limerick

In Croke Park on Sunday, August 16th at 3:30pm

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday August 13th. It will subsequently be published on the Tipperary GAA website ( )

Player Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information – .

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.

Tipperary Path to Semi-Final:

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 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 Limerick: Previous Championship Meetings

Played 62, Tipperary won 31, Limerick won 21 and there have been 10 draws. Tipperary also received 2 walk overs in the Munster semi-finals of 1899 and 1902.

Apart from the 10 championship draws, Tipp won 9 of their 31 successes by a goal or less, while Limerick won 7 of their 21 by the same margin.

The 2007 saga is still fresh in people’s minds –Limerick eventually won by three points, 0-22 to 2-13, after three games and two periods of extra time. It was the first time since 1926, that a Munster Senior Hurling championship game had taken three games to produce a winner

Last 12 meetings

Date Venue Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer
June 24th 2007 Gaelic Grounds Limerick Munster S/f
2nd replay Limerick 0-22
Tipperary 2-13 Eoin Kelly

June 16th 2007 Semple Stadium Munster S/f
1st replay Limerick 1-24
Tipperary 2-21 Eoin Kelly

June 10th 2007 Gaelic Grounds
Limerick Munster S/f Limerick 1-19
Tipperary 1-19 Willie Ryan

May 14th 2006 Semple Stadium Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 0-22
Limerick 2-12 Eoin Kelly

May 21st 2005 Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Munster 1st Rd
Replay Tipperary 2-13
Limerick 0-18 Eoin Kelly

May 15th 2005 Semple Stadium Munster1st Rd. Tipperary 2-14
Limerick 2-14 Eoin Kelly

June 26th 2004 Gaelic Grounds Limerick SH Qualifier Tipperary 3-10
Limerick 2-12 Seamus Butler

June 2nd 2002 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Tipperary 1-20
Limerick 1-13 Eoin Kelly

July 1st 2001 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final Tipperary 2-16
Limerick 1-17 Declan Ryan & Lar Corbett
1-1 each

June 15th 1997 Semple Stadium Munster S/f Tipperary 1-20
Limerick 0-13
Michael Cleary
July 14th 1996 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final
Replay Limerick 4-7
Tipperary 0-16
Michael Cleary

July 7th 1996
Gaelic Grounds
Limerick Munster Final Limerick 0-19
Tipperary 1-16
Liam Cahill

Last Championship Meeting
Munster SH Semi Final 2nd Replay June 24th 2007

Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13 aet

LIMERICK: B. Murray; S. Lucey, D. Reale (c), S. Hickey; M. O’Riordan, B. Geary, M. Foley; Mike O’Brien, D. O’Grady; M. Fitzgerald, O. Moran, N. Moran; A. O’Shaughnessy, B. Begley, K. Tobin.
Subs: P. Lawlor (Reale inj. 10); J. O’Brien (Begley 48); P. Tobin (K. Tobin 70). Extra-time subs: B. Foley (Fitzgerald 80); H. Flavin (P. Tobin 83).

TIPPERARY: G. Kennedy; E. Buckley, D. Fanning, D. Fitzgerald; E. Corcoran, C. O’Mahony, H. Maloney; S. McGrath, J. Woodlock; J. Carroll, D. Egan, B. Dunne (c); S. Butler, E. Kelly, L. Corbett.
Subs: T. Stapleton (McGrath inj. 55); P. Bourke (Carroll 64); W. Ryan (Dunne 68).

Scorers for Limerick: A. O’Shaughnessy 0-6 (0-3 frees 0-1 65); N. Moran 0-5; B. Geary 0-3 (0-1 free 0-1 65); O. Moran 0-3; M. Fitzgerald 0-2; K. Tobin 0-2; D. O’Grady 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: E. Kelly 0-9 (0-7 frees); D. Egan 1-0; W. Ryan 1-0; S. Butler 0-2; S. McGrath, P. Bourke, 0-1 each.

Referee: S. McMahon (Clare).

Tipperary in All Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals

Tipperary have played in 28 All Ireland Hurling semi finals, winning 22 and losing 6. The details are;


2001 Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10 (Replay)
Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 (Draw)
1997 Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-15
1991 Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9
1989 Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11
1988 Tipperary 3-15 Antrim 2-10
1971 Tipperary 3-26 Galway 6-8
1958 Tipperary 1-13 Kilkenny 1-8
1950 Tipperary 4-7 Galway 2-6
1949 Tipperary 6-18 Antrim 1-4
1945 Tipperary 5-9 Antrim 1-6
1930 Tipperary 6-8 Galway 2-4
1925 Tipperary 12-9 Antrim 2-3
1922 Tipperary 3-2 Galway 1-3
1916 Tipperary (Boherlahan) 8-1 Galway 0-0 (Galway conceded at half time)
1913 Tipperary (Toomevara) 10-0 Roscommon 0-1
1909 Tipperary (Thurles) 6-7 Galway 5-7
1908 Tipperary (Thurles) 5-15 Galway 1-0
1906 Tipperary (Thurles) 7-14 Galway 0-2
1900 Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11 Kilkenny 1-8
1898 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 3-14 Galway1-3
1896 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-11 Galway 0-4
1887 Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7 Kilkenny 0-0


2008 Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18
2003 Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15
2002 Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16
1993 Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14
1987 Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-17
1924 Galway 3-1 Tipperary 2-3


Appearances in 09

Paul Curran is the only played who has started all 11 games Tipperary have played in League and Championship this year. Benny Dunne, John O’Brien and James Woodlock have played in all 11 games either starting or coming on as a substitute.

Championship Scorers in 09

After the Munster Championship campaign Lar Corbett is Tipp’s top scorer with 3-6, all from play. Eoin Kelly is next with 1-11 (0-9f). He is followed jointly by Noel McGrath with 0-13 (0-2f, 0-1s/l) and Seamus Callanan with 3-4.

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.

Tipperary v Limerick NHL April 19th 2009

The most recent competitive meeting of the counties was the National League clash at Semple Stadium on April 19th last. Tipperary won by 1-17 to 1-11, having led at half time by 0-12 to 0-4. The attendance was a modest 2,603 and Dickie Murphy (Wexford) refereed. Tipperary’s top scorers were Pa Bourke 0-6, 5 frees and Gearoid Ryan 1-3. Limerick’s main marksman was Niall Moran, who registered 0-9, 4 frees and 2 ‘65s’.

1981 Links to Current Management and Team

Current Tipp Coach Eamon O’ Shea played at left half forward for Tipp in the draw and replay of the 1981 Munster Championship semi final against Limerick. He scored 0-3 in the drawn game at Semple Stadium and 0-2 in the replay, at the Gaelic Grounds. Among his colleagues in both games was Pat Mc Grath, whose son, Noel, is a member of the present Tipperary team.

Tipp Management’s Playing Record v Limerick

Tipperary Manager Liam Sheedy never played against Limerick in Senior championship hurling. Eamonn O’ Shea played twice – 1 draw and 1 defeat. Michael Ryan, who made his debut as a substitute against Limerick in the 1991 Munster semi final at Semple Stadium, is the only member of the Tipp management to have been successful as a player against the green and white. Michael played against Limerick on four occasions, winning in 1991 and 1997, drawing in the 1996 Munster Final but losing the replay in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Last Meeting at Croke Park

The last competitive meeting of Tipperary and Limerick at Croke Park took place on April 25th 1971. The Shannonsiders won a tremendous League play off game by 2-15 to 1-15 and subsequently beat Tipp by a point in the Final at Cork on May 23rd. The teams had also met in a group match earlier in the campaign, which Limerick won by 0-13 to 1-8 .That Croke Park fixture was the only time the counties played at the venue in their sixty National League games. They have never played a championship game outside of Munster.

Eoin’s Quest for a Green Flag against the Green and White

One of the surprising aspects of Eoin Kelly’s Tipperary career, since making his senior debut at Croke Park in 2000, is that he has not scored a championship goal against Limerick. However, in nine meetings between 2001 and 2007, he has recorded a total of 0-65 for a splendid average of 7.22 points per game.

Goals Against Limerick

Over their past 12 championship meetings Tipperary have scored a total of 17 goals against Limerick. They were scored by John Carroll(3); Darragh Egan, Seamus Butler and Ger “Redser” O’Grady (2 each); and Willie Ryan, Evan Sweeney, John Devane, Thomas Dunne, Declan Ryan , Lar Corbett, Liam Cahill and Michael Cleary (1 each).

Venues for Tipp v Limerick

The most popular venue for championship games between the counties has been Cork, with a total of thirty played between the old Athletic Grounds (23) and Pairc Ui Chaoimh (7). Thurles has hosted 13 games – the first on July 1st, 1923 ended in a 2-2 each draw and the most recent, on June 16th 2007, also ended in a draw and was still level after extra time!

Last Tipp victory in Croke Park

Tipperary’s last Senior championship victory at Croke Park was their 2-16 to 2-11 quarter final success over Offaly on July 27th, 2003. The goal scorers were John Carroll and Brian O’ Meara.

Record Winning Margins

Tipperary’s biggest win in championship hurling against Limerick was achieved on July 3rd 1960, when they won a first round game by 10-9 to 2-1, at the Cork Athletic Grounds.

Limerick’s highest winning margin was claimed on June 22nd 1947 when they won a semi final clash at Cork Athletic Grounds by 6-8 to 2-3.

The most significant turnaround occurred in 1962 when the counties drew a semi final in Cork on July 1st and three weeks later Tipp won the replay by 5-13 to 2-4!

Goalless Games

While goals have been a feature of Tipp v Limerick clashes over the years, there were two occasions when neither team could raise a green flag. It first happened at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in their 1988 Semi Final meeting, which Tipp won by 0-15 to 0-8. The second occasion was at the same stage and venue in 1995, when Limerick just made it to the final by 0-16 to 0-15.

School Colleagues in Opposition!

On April 13th 1997, Cistercian College, Roscrea, (Leinster Champions) lined out against St. Cuan’s Castleblakeny, Galway (Connacht Champions) in the All Ireland Colleges ‘B’ Hurling semi final, at Nenagh. Their full back was Stephen Lucey from Croom in Limerick, while the goalkeeper was John O’ Brien from Toomevara in Tipperary. The CCR team was captained by John’s brother, Paddy, at centre forward, and his ten point contribution helped them to reach the decider on a 1-14 to 1-5 scoreline. The Connacht Tribune match report paid tribute to ‘’ uncompromising Roscrea defence based around the prowess of Toomevara’s John O’ Brien and the power hurling of No. 3, Stephen Lucey, who gave an exhibition of full back play’’.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a happy ending to the story, as CCR lost the final two weeks later at Nenagh to the Munster Champions, St. Clement’s College, Limerick, whose line out included Stephen Lucey’s future Limerick colleagues Dave Bulfin, Brian Begley and Conor Fitzgerald. The final score was 1-8 to 0-7.

It is unlikely that Dr. Lucey will be as supportive of his former CCR colleague, Mr. O’Brien, on August 16th.

Limerick Men Playing with Tipperary

Over the years there has been a tradition of players lining out with counties other than their own. In the modern era, Limerick have given three notable players to Tipperary.

On June 7th 1981, Mossie Carroll (Garryspillane/ St Mary’s, Clonmel) who had played for Limerick, in the 1980 All Ireland final loss to Galway, lined out at centre back for Tipperary in the Munster semi final against Limerick at Semple Stadium. In opposition was his brother Brian ‘Bomber’ Carroll, who played at midfield. Mossie scored a point from a free for Tipp while Brian scored a vital second half goal, as Limerick came back from an early second half deficit of 2-11 to 0-3 to earn a draw, with Joe Mc Kenna’s late point. John Grogan was top scorer for Tipp with 2-6 (0-5f) while Joe Mc Kenna with 3-1 was Limerick’s leading marksman. Limerick won the replay comfortably, in the Gaelic Grounds, two weeks later and this time the top scorers were Eamon Cregan on 1-5, (1-0 pen, 0-1f) and Seamus Bourke on 2-3 (0-2f). Mossie later served as a Limerick senior hurling selector.

The following year Brian Carroll lined out for Tipp at wing forward in the Munster championship against Cork, joining Mossie, who was again at centre back. Cork won by eight points and that was the last time the Carroll brothers wore the blue and gold in championship hurling .

Conor O’Donovan (Effin/ Nenagh Éire Óg) played for Limerick in their losing Munster Minor finals of 1979 and 1980. On the latter occasion, he lined out at right half forward and was marked by Denis Finnerty (Eire Og, Nenagh as it was then known) who soon became a club colleague. Conor played at midfield for the Tipp under 21s in their 1982 loss to Limerick, which brought the quest for a four in a row to an end. In 1983 he was at centre forward on the Tipp under 21 team, which won Munster but lost the All Ireland final to Galway. He subsequently represented Tipp at senior level and his versatility was well proven with stints at left half back (Open Draw Cup 1985), right full back (1988 NHL victory) and full back (1989 All Ireland success). Conor captained his club to victory, from full back, in the 1995 Tipp Senior Hurling championship .

Joe McKenna’s Tipp connections

Joe Mc Kenna ,a native of Shinrone, Co. Offaly, who enjoyed many successful championship days for Limerick against Tipperary is the uncle of Owen and Darragh Maher from Roscrea, both of whom played Minor Hurling for Tipperary. Owen was involved with the 1988 team, while Darragh was with the 1989 edition. Owen was also a Tipp under 21 for two seasons, 1990 (Munster champions) and 1991. Owen and Darragh have another legendary uncle in Brendan Maher, who won six Co. SHC medals with Roscrea, between 1968 and 1980, along with the first ever All Ireland club title in 1971. Brendan now resides in New York where he remains involved in GAA affairs.

The Cummins File

Brendan Cummins made his 54th championship appearance for Tipperary and equalled John Doyle’s championship appearances record, which stood since 1967, when lining out against Waterford in the Munster Final on 12/7/2009.

Date of Birth 11/5/1975

Club Ballybacon-Grange

Senior Championship Debut 21/5/1995, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Tipperary 4-23 Waterford 1-11, Munster First Round game.

Senior Championship Statistics: Played 54 , Won 30, Drew 5 and lost 19.

Hasn’t scored yet in the championship, but has contributed in a few League Games, most recently a point from a free v. Kilkenny in the 3/5/2009 Final at Semple Stadium.

Tipp goalkeeper for 48 consecutive championship games from 1995 until the first drawn game v Limerick in 2007. Was overlooked for the first replay, second replay, as well as the subsequent Qualifier games v. Offaly, Dublin and Cork and the Quarter Final v. Wexford. Regained his place in 2008 for the Munster Semi Final v Cork and played in the following games v Clare and Waterford. Played in three games v. Cork, v. Clare, v. Waterford – 2009 championship.

Record in Championship:

v. Cork Played 6, Won 2 (2008/2009) Lost 4, (2000, 2004, 2005, 2006). Kept a clean sheet in the 2000 Munster Final and 2009 first round game, both at Semple Stadium.

v. Clare Played 11, Won 6 (2000,2001,2002,2005,2008,2009), Drew 1 (1999), Lost 4 (1997 x2, 1999,2003). Clean sheets in 1997 All Irl Final, 2001,2005,2008.

v. Waterford Played 10, Won 5 (1995,1996,2000,2006, 2009), Lost 5 (1998,2002, 2004,2006 2008) .Clean sheets 1998, 2000.

v. Limerick Played 11, Won 6 (1997,2001, 2002,2004,2005,2006), Lost 2 (1995,1996) Drew 3 (1996, 2005, 2007). Clean sheets 1995, 1996 (Draw), 1997, 2005 (Replay).

Championship opponents:

Limerick 11, Clare 11, Waterford 10,Cork 6, Galway 4, Wexford 3, ,Kerry ,Kilkenny and Offaly 2, Down, Antrim and Laois 1.

Most wins v Limerick and Clare, 6 against each, Most draws v Limerick 3, Most defeats v. Waterford 5.

The 15 clean sheets were kept against Clare and Limerick 4 each ,Wexford, Cork, Waterford 2 each, Laois 1 .

No championship win over Kilkenny – only met twice in the All Ireland Semi finals of 2002 and 2003. Brendan’s performance in that 2003 semi final is still considered by many people to have been the most impressive in his career, even though Tipp lost. It was good enough for the All Star selectors too!

The only county, which participated in this year’s McCarthy Cup, against which Brendan has not played Championship hurling is Dublin.

Full Backs:

While he has looked out from the Tipp goal since 1995, his full backs have changed considerably over the years. A total of eight players have lined out at full back in championship games (excluding switches during games) in the fifteen seasons 1995 to 2009. The No 3 jersey was worn by ; Noel Sheehy, 7 times (1995, 1997); Paul Shelly, 4 times (1996); Mick Ryan, once (1998); Fergal Heaney, 3 times (1999); Philip Maher, 24 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006); Paul Curran, 13 times (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009); John Devane once (2005); and Declan Fanning once (2007).

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate. My thanks to Seamus O’Doherty for his assistance in preparing this Press Pack.

Ger Ryan
PRO, Tipperary County Board
Tel: 086 8149146

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