Press Pack for Tipperary Under 21 Hurling Panel
2008 All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final vs. Kilkenny

In Croke Park on Sunday September 14th

Courtesy Ed Donnelly, Tipperary County Board PRO
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Ticket Details

Admission to Sunday’s games at Croke Park will be by ticket only. The general admission price will be €25 for adults and Family Tickets are also available in the Cusack Stand at €5 for each child. There will be a €15 refund for OAP’s and Students with I.D. at the usual stiles in the Cusack Stand only. Patrons are asked to note that only the Lower Hogan and Lower Cusack Stands will be open.

Tickets are also available from Lar na Pairce in Thurles this week. Tickets can be purchased online this week at www.gaa.ie or from the GAA Ticket office at 01-8658657. Ticket outlet locations on match day are as follows – GAA Ticket Shop, North Circular Road (opposite Gill’s pub), Bishop’s Palace on Drumcondra Road, Outside Martin Properties at the Dorset St. end of Whitworth Road & also at the junction of Ballybough Road & Clonliffe Road (opposite the Clonliffe House). The opening time for these outlets is 10:30am on Sunday.

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Team Announcement

The Tipperary team to play Kilkenny in Sunday’s All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Final at Croke Park shows 1 change from the team which defeated Derry in the semi-Final with Mark O’Meara coming in at full-forward in place of the injured Joey McLoughney.

TIPPERARY: Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons); Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Padraig Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Kevin Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha); Kevin Lanigan (Carrick Swan), Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh); Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs – Captain); Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Thomas McGrath (Ballingarry); Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields), Mark O’Meara (Knockshegowna), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

KILKENNY (U-21 v Tipperary): C McGrath; P Murphy, K Joyce, E O’Shea; L Ryan, P Hogan, N Prendergast; J Dowling, N Walsh; C Fennelly, N Cleere, TJ Reid; M Ruth, J Mulhall, R Hogan

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Path to the Final

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-15 – Munster Semi-Final
Tipperary 1-16 Clare 2-12 – Munster Final
Tipperary 1-20 Derry 0-10 – All-Ireland Semi-Final

Average For – 1-16
Average Against – 1-12

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Tipperary Team Line-outs to Date

vs. Limerick – M. Ryan; K. Maher, Padraig Maher, B. Maher; K. Lanigan, T. Stapleton, J. McLoughney; G. Ryan, S. Hennessy; T. McGrath, S. Callanan, Patrick Maher; P. Bourke, M. O’Meara, S. Bourke.
Sub: R. McLoughney for McGrath. M. Gleeson for Hennessy; M. Cahill for McLoughney.

vs. Clare – M. Ryan; B. Maher, Padraig Maher, K. Maher; K. Lanigan, T. Stapleton, M. Cahill; G. Ryan, S. Hennessy; T. McGrath, M. O’Meara, Patrick Maher; P. Bourke, S. Callanan, S. Bourke.
Subs: M. Gleeson for G. Ryan; J. McLoughney for S. Bourke; P. Ivors for Gleeson; Johnny Ryan for O’Meara

vs. Derry – M Ryan; M Cahill, P Maher; K Maher; K Lanigan; T Stapleton; B Maher; G Ryan, S Hennessy; P Maher; T McGrath; S Callanan; P Bourke, S Bourke, J McLoughney.
Subs – J O’Keeffe for McLoughney, G Hannigan and R McLoughney for P Maher and Lanigan, Johnny Ryan for S Bourke, T Hammersley for Callanan

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Tipperary Scorers – Total

Pa Bourke (1-20, 0-12 frees, 0-2 65), Shane Bourke (1-6), Seamus Callanan (1-5), Seamus Hennnessy (0-6, 0-2 frees, 0-1 line cut), Thomas McGrath (0-3), Gearoid Ryan (0-2), Johnny Ryan (0-2), Mark O’Meara (0-1), Thomas Stapleton (0-1), Kevin Lanigan (0-1), Michael Cahill (0-1), Brendan Maher (0-1)

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Tipperary Scorers – per game

vs. Limerick – P. Bourke (0-9 (0-7 frees)), S. Bourke (1-1), G. Ryan, S. Hennessy, M. O’Meara (0-1 each)

vs. Clare – S. Callanan (1-4); P. Bourke (0-6 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65)); S. Bourke (0-2); T. McGrath, T. Stapleton, K. Lanigan, S. Hennessy (line cut) (0-1 each)

vs. Derry – P Bourke (1-05, 0-2 frees 0-1 65′); S Hennessy (0-04, 0-2 frees), S Bourke (0-3), Johnny Ryan (0-2), T McGrath (0-02); S Callanan (0-1), M Cahill (0-1), B Maher (0-1), G Ryan (0-1)

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Manager Profile

Declan Carr (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Declan is in his first year as manager of the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers. Declan played for Tipperary in the 1980’s and 1990’s, winning All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals in 1989 and 1991 (as captain) as a midfielder. Declan won an All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling medal with Tipperary as a substitute on the 1985 winning team.

Selectors – Declan Carr (Holycross-Ballycahill – Manager), Martin Gleeson (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Eamon Kelly (Kildangan), Ger Maguire (Lattin-Cullen), Noel Russell (Carrick Swan)

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Player Profiles

Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

Matthew Ryan is in his third year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers, lining out in goal for the past two seasons after a year as sub-goalie behind Gerry Kennedy in 2006. Matthew lined out in goal for the Tipperary Minors in 2004 and 2005. Matthew was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel this year which lost the Munster Final to Limerick. Matthew lined out for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers in the 2007 Waterford Crystal Cup. Matthew is a first cousin to fellow clubman and midfielder Gearoid Ryan and both are nephews of John Hough of Toomevara who won an All-Ireland title with Tipperary in 1958.

Age – 21 (Date of Birth – March 26th, 1987)

Position – Goalkeeper

Occupation – Business Studies Student at LIT

Hurling Idol – Brendan Cummins

Best Hurling Achievement – Munster Under 21

Favourite GAA Ground – Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – Mazda 323

Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

Michael was introduced as a late substitute against Limerick and started at wing-back against Clare before moving to corner-back against Derry where he scored a point from play. Michael won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 as well as winning Munster Minor and Under 21 Hurling medals to date. 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 in 2007 and 2008 with U.C.C.

Age – 19 (Date of Birth – January 3rd, 1989)

Position – Corner-back

Occupation – Student at UCC

Hurling Idol – John Power, Henry Shefflin

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor Medal

Favourite GAA Ground – “The Stadium”

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – Nissan Almera

Padraig Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Padraig has been ever present at full-back in this year’s campaign. Padraig won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals as a full-back in 2006 and 2007. Padraig also has Munster Minor and Under 21 Hurling medals. Padraig made his debut with the Thurles Sarsfields Senior Hurling team in 2006. With Durlas Og, Padraig won two County Under 16 A Hurling medals (2004 and 2005). He has also won 2 County Minor “A” Hurling medals (2006 and 2007) and 2 County Minor “A” Football medals (2005 and 2006). Padraig won the Corn Na Mac Leinn All Ireland Football title in 2007 with the Tipperary Institute. Patrick’s father Paddy won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 1980.

Age – 19 (Date of birth – February 9th 1989)

Position – Full-back

Occupation – Apprenticeship

Hurling Idol – JJ Delaney

Best Hurling Achievement – Winning Minor All-Ireland

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – Volkswagen Polo

Kevin Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)

Kevin has been an ever present at corner-back in this year’s campaign. Kevin is in his first year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel having never played for Tipperary at Minor level. Kevin was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel this year which lost the Munster Final to Limerick. Kevin helped his club to win County Intermediate Hurling honours in 2007.

Age – 19

Position – Corner-back

Occupation – Apprentice Carpenter

Hurling Idol – Joe Canning / Henry Shefflin

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland schools medal

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Anything edible

What car do you drive? – Honda Civic

Kevin Lanigan (Carrick Swan)

Kevin has been an ever present at right half back in this year’s campaign. This is Kevin’s third year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel having lined out at midfield for the Tipperary Minors in 2005. Kevin has started each of the three games in this campaign at right-half back. Kevin won a County Minor “A” Hurling medal with his club Carrick Swan in 2004.

Age – 21 (Date of Birth – February 6th, 1987)

Position – Centre-back

Occupation – Student at WIT

Hurling Idol – Stephen Hahessy

Best Hurling Achievement – Fitzgibbon Cup

Favourite GAA Ground – Cloneen

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – John Deere

Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

Thomas has lined out at centre-back in each of the three matches to date having lined out at wing-back in the 2007 Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship. Thomas also played for Tipperary Minors for two seasons, winning an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal at centre-back in 2006. 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 before making two more Championship appearances in the 2007 Senior Hurling Championship. Thomas won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – February 21st, 1988)

Position – Centre-Back

Occupation – Business Studies student at UL

Hurling Idol – Conor O’Mahony

Best Hurling Achievement – Minor All-Ireland 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Bacon Burger and Chips out of Romano’s

What car do you drive? – Nissan Almera

Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

Brendan has lined out in each of the three matches to date, starting at corner-back in the two Munster Championship games before moving to wing-back against Derry where he scored a point from play. This is Brendan’s second year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel, lining out in 2007 at corner-back when still a Minor. 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 won Munster Hurling medals at Minor and Under 21 level. 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.

Age – 19 (Date of Birth – January 5th, 1989)

Position – Wing-back

Occupation – Student at Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Hurling Idol – Tommy Dunne

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – Nissan Primera

Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

Gearoid has started at midfield in each of the three matches to date, scoring two points from play. This is Gearoid’s second year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel having been on the Tipperary Minor Hurling panel in 2005 and 2006. 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 this year which lost the Munster Final to Limerick. Gearoid is a first cousin to fellow clubman and goalkeeper Matthew Ryan and both are nephews of John Hough of Toomevara who won an All-Ireland title with Tipperary in 1958.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – August 26th, 1988)

Position – Midfield / Half-Forward

Occupation – Apprentice Plumber

Hurling Idol – Ken McGrath

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor Hurling 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – Mazda

Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs – Captain)

Seamus is the team captain this year and has lined out at midfield in each of three games, scoring six points to date. Seamus won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 at wing-forward as well as winning Munster Minor and Under 21 Hurling medals. 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.

Age – 18 (Date of Birth – October 9th, 1989)

Position – Midfield

Occupation – Student at NUIG

Hurling Idol – Dinny Hogan (Portroe), Cha Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny)

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor Medals in 2006 and 2007

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – I don’t have a car

Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)

Patrick “Bonner” Maher has started at wing-forward in the three matches to date. 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 this year which lost the Munster Final to Limerick.

Age – 18 (Date of Birth – October 12th, 1989)

Position – Wing-forward

Occupation – Mechanic

Hurling Idol – Declan Ryan

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal

Favourite GAA Ground – MacDonagh Park Nenagh

Favourite Food – Chips

What car do you drive? – 1975 Vauxhall Chevette

Thomas McGrath (Ballingarry)

Thomas has lined out at centre-forward for the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers for the past two seasons having won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 2006 in the same position. Thomas has scored three points from play in this year’s campaign to date. Thomas won a South Minor “A” Hurling medal with his club in 2006.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – April 9th, 1988)

Position – Half Forward

Occupation – NUI Maynooth

Hurling Idol – Ken McGrath

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor Final 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Croke Park

Favourite Food – Oats and More Cereal

What car do you drive? – Opel Astra

Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

Seamus has started each of the three matches to date, scoring 1-5 from play. His best performance was in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Final victory over Clare when he scored 1-4. 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 a Mid Senior Hurling title in 2006, their first in 22 years and they regained the title recently with Seamus winning the man of the match award, scoring 1-6 from play. 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 and went on to score 2-8 from play in total in three Senior Hurling Championship matches.

Age – 19 (Date of Birth – September 15th, 1988)

Position – Centre-forward

Occupation – Apprentice

Hurling Idol – Shane McGrath

Best Hurling Achievement – Senior Munster Final 2008

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – Audi A4

Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

Pa has started at right corner-forward in each of the three matches to date, scoring 1-20 in total, 1-14 from placed balls and 0-6 from play. 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 drawn Munster semi-final in June 2007 and he has made seven Senior Inter-County Hurling Championship appearances in total to date. 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.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – May 18th, 1988)

Position – Corner-forward

Occupation – Chippy

Hurling Idol – Hotpoint and Redser

Best Hurling Achievement – Haven’t achieved it yet

Favourite GAA Ground – Railway Field

Favourite Food – Taco Fry

What car do you drive? – Share with Larry Corbett

Mark O’Meara (Knockshegowna)

Mark lined out at full-forward in the first round against Limerick, scoring the winning point. Mark played at centre-forward in the Munster Final victory over Clare. Mark’s brother Brian lined out at full-forward for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers in the 2008 Munster Championship. Mark helped his club to win the 2006 County Junior “A” Hurling title.

Age – 20

Position – Full-Forward

Occupation – Storeman

Hurling Idol – Dinny Hogan (Portroe) and John Carroll (Roscrea)

Best Hurling Achievement – Munster Under 21, County Junior “A”

Favourite GAA Ground – MacDonagh Park Nenagh

Favourite Food – Chicken

What car do you drive? – Mitsubishi Colt

Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

Shane has lined out at corner-forward in each of the three matches to date in the Under 21 Hurling Championship, scoring 1-6 from play. Shane won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 2006.

Age – 19 (Date of Birth – November 9th, 1988)

Position – Corner-forward

Occupation – Student at the Tipperary Institute

Hurling Idol – Eoin Kelly

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – Nissan Almera

Toss Lowry (Holycross-Ballycahill)

Toss is sub-goalie behind Matthew Ryan. Toss has won Divisional titles with his club at the Minor “B” Hurling and Under 21 “B” Hurling grades.

Age – 20

Position – Goalkeeper

Occupation – Student at UL

Hurling Idol – Brendan Cummins and Henry Shefflin

Best Hurling Achievement – Munster Under 21

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Bacon and Cabbage with white sauce

What car do you drive? – Mitsubishi Colt

Joey McLoughney (Toomevara)

Joey started the two matches against Limerick and Derry and was introduced as a substitute against Clare. This is Joey’s second year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel after four years on the Tipperary Minor Hurling panel. Joey captained Tipperary to win the 2006 All-Ireland Minor Hurling title, lining out at midfield scoring 1-14 in that campaign. Joey won County and Munster Club Senior Hurling medals in 2006 with his club Toomevara.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – January 12th, 1988)

Position – Midfield

Occupation – Electrician

Hurling Idol – Tommy Dunne

Best Hurling Achievement – Captain of All-Ireland Minor winning team 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – Peugeot 106 GTI

John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty-Rossmore)

John was introduced as a substitute against Derry in the All-Ireland semi-final. John is in his second year on the Tipperary Under 21 hurling panel. John won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary, lining out at left half-back in the 2006 All-Ireland Final. John won his second West Senior Hurling title recently with his club Clonoulty-Rossmore.

Age – 19 (Date of Birth – November 17th, 1988)

Position – Wing-back

Occupation – Student at LIT

Hurling Idol – Declan Ryan

Best Hurling Achievement – Minor Hurling All-Ireland 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Chicken Curry

What car do you drive? – Heffernan’s Car

George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

George was introduced as a substitute in the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Derry. George is in his first year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel. George won Harty Cup and Croke Cup medals with St. Flannans as a wing-back in 2005. George is also a noted footballers and made his National Football League debut for Tipperary at midfield against Sligo February 2006. George was the captain of the Tipperary Minor Football team in 2005. George is from the Shannon Rovers club in North Tipperary and he captained their Junior Football team to win the 2005 North Junior A Football Final against Nenagh Eire Og. George made his championship debut as a substitute against Kerry in the 2006 Munster Senior Football semi-final and has made four Senior Inter-County Football Championship appearances to date.

Age – 20

Position – Full-back

Occupation – Primary Teacher

Hurling Idol – Brian Lohan

Best Hurling Achievement – Harty and Croke Cup 2005

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Bacon and Cabbage

What car do you drive? – Volvo S40

Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields)

Michael made substitute appearances against Limerick and Clare. Michael is in his second year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel. Michael won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 2006, making a substitute appearance as a forward in each of the five matches that year. Michael was a key member of the Thurles CBS team which lost to St. Flannan’s in the 2005 Dr. Harty Cup Final. Michael won a County Minor “A” Hurling medal in 2006 and 2 County Minor “A” Football medals (2005, 2006).

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – April 14th, 1988)

Position – Midfield

Occupation – Student at UL

Hurling Idol – Big Shane, Derek Lyng

Best Hurling Achievement – Minor All-Ireland, Munster Under 21

Favourite GAA Ground – Cusack Park Ennis

Favourite Food – Chicken Curry

What car do you drive? – Nissan Almera

Ray McLoughney (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Ray has made substitute appearances to date against Limerick and Derry. Ray is in his third year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel after captaining the Tipperary Minor Hurlers in 2005. Ray is a very versatile player. In 2004, he lined out at corner-back for the Tipperary Minor team. In 2005, he captained the Minors from centre-back. In 2006, his lined out at left corner-forward throughout the Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 campaign, scoring two goals in the process. Ray captained the Borrisokane Vocational School team to the All-Ireland title in 2005. Ray won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with WIT in 2008.

Age – 21 (Date of Birth – March 11th, 1987)

Position – Forward

Occupation – Student at WIT

Hurling Idol – Murty Walsh / Sean Og O’Halpin

Best Hurling Achievement – Fitzgibbon Cup 2008

Favourite GAA Ground – Cloughjordan

Favourite Food – Garlic Cheese Chip

What car do you drive? – Corsa

Philip Ivors (Ballingarry)

Philip made a substitute appearance in this year’s Munster Under 21 Final victory over Clare. Philip lined out for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for two seasons in 2004 and 2005. Philip lined out at centre-forward in 2004 and at corner-forward in 2005 before graduating to the Under 21 panel this year.

Age – 21

Position – Forward

Occupation – Ground Work

Hurling Idol – Joe Canning

Best Hurling Achievement – Munster Final Under 21 2008

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Pasta

What car do you drive? – Mazda

Johnny Ryan (Drom & Inch)

Johnny has made two substitute appearances to date against Clare and Derry, lining out in the half-forward line and scoring two points from play against Derry. Johnny is also an accomplished goalkeeper, lining out as sub-goalie on the Tipperary Minor Hurlers in 2005 before taking the Number 1 jersey during the All-Ireland Winning campaign of 2006. Johnny won his second Mid Senior Hurling medal recently with his club Drom & Inch while Johnny won a County Junior Hurling title in 2005.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – September 5th, 1988)

Position – Wing-forward

Occupation – Apprentice Plumber

Hurling Idol – Tony Browne

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak and Chips

What car do you drive? – Volkswagen Bora

Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines)

This is Ronan’s second year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel. Ronan was corner-back on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel this year which lost the Munster Final to Limerick. Ronan was on the Limerick Institute of Technology Fitzgibbon Cup winning panel in 2007.

Age – 20

Position – Half-back

Occupation – Student Engineer at LIT

Hurling Idol – Eamonn Corcoran

Best Hurling Achievement – Fitzgibbon Cup Medal 2007

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – VW Passat

James Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore)

James was a member of the Tipperary Minor Hurling Panel in 2004. James helped his club Clonoulty-Rossmore to win West Senior Hurling titles in 2007 and 2008.

Age – 21

Position – Backs

Occupation – Student at UL

Hurling Idol – Eoin Kelly

Best Hurling Achievement – Numerous honours with club

Favourite GAA Ground – Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Favourite Food – Lasagne and Mash

What car do you drive? – Mitsubishi Galant

Eoin Hogan (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Eoin won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 2006, lining out at right half-back throughout the campaign scoring three points in the process. Eoin won a County Minor “A” Hurling medal with his club Kilruane MacDonaghs in 2005 and County Under 21 “A” Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007.

Age – 19 (Date of Birth – September 14th, 1988)

Position – Half Back

Occupation – Student at LIT

Hurling Idol – Tommy Dunne

Best Hurling Achievement – Minor All-Ireland 2006

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – Volkswagen Passat

Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore)

Timmy made a substitute appearance against Derry. This is Timmy’s second year on the Under 21 Hurling panel. Timmy helped his club Clonoulty-Rossmore to win West Senior Hurling titles in 2007 and 2008. Timmy was a member of the 2008 Fitzgibbon Cup winning panel at Waterford Institute of Technology.

Age – 20

Position – Forward

Occupation – Student at WIT

Hurling Idol – Declan Ryan and Dick Martin

Best Hurling Achievement – Munster Under 21, Fitzgibbon Cup, West Senior

Favourite GAA Ground – Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA Field

Favourite Food – Bacon and Cabbage with white sauce

What car do you drive? – Mitsubishi

Jody Ryan (Sean Treacys)

Jody was corner-forward on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel this year which lost the Munster Final to Limerick. Jody was on the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in the 2005 season.

Age – 21

Position – Forward

Occupation – Student at UL

Hurling Idol – Tommy Dunne

Best Hurling Achievement – Intermediate West Champions 2008

Favourite GAA Ground – Kilcommon

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – BMW 5 Series

Danny O’Hanlon (Carrick Swan)

Danny is in his fourth year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel, making his debut at this level in 2005 while still a County Minor. Danny has played for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers in the 2006 National Hurling League. Danny won a County Minor “A” Hurling medal with his club Carrick Swan in 2004.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – October 24th, 1987)

Position – Full-Forward

Occupation – Landscaping

Hurling Idol – John (Sconie) Walsh

Best Hurling Achievement – Haven’t achieved it yet

Favourite GAA Ground – Piltown

Favourite Food – Steak

What car do you drive? – 4 Series BMW

Niall Bergin (Moycarkey-Borris)

Niall is on his first year on the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel after spending three years on the Tipperary Minor Hurling panel. Niall won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 2006, lining out at wing-forward. Niall’s brother Kieran played with the County Minors for three years from 2002 to 2004.

Age – 20 (Date of Birth – June 29th, 1988)

Position – Forward

Occupation – PE Teaching at UCC

Hurling Idol – Joe Deane

Best Hurling Achievement – All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final

Favourite GAA Ground – Semple Stadium

Favourite Food – Scrambled egg and toast (clean mad about it!)

What car do you drive? – Ford Mondeo

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Tipperary – All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final Winning Teams

1964 – beat Wexford by 8-9 to 3-1

Team:- Peter O’Sullivan, Willie Smith, Noel O’Gorman, Michael O’Meara, Owen Killoran, Conor O’Dwyer, Len Gaynor, Mick Roche, J. Fogarty, Noel Lane, Babs Keating, Francis Loughnane (capt.), John Dillon, TJ Butler, Tommy Brennan. Sub: P.J. Ryan

1967 – beat Dublin by 1-8 to 1-7

Team:- Henry Condron, Seamus Ryan, John Kelly, Dan O’Grady, Martin Esmonde, Tadgh O’Connor, Seamus Hogan, P.J. Ryan (capt.), Conor Davitt, Phil Lowry, Noel O’Dwyer, Jack Ryan, Jacky Walsh, Patsy O’Connor, John Flanagan. Subs: Michael Nolan, Timmy Delaney
1979 – beat Galway by 2-12 to 1-9

Team:- Vinnie Mullins, Purdy Loughnane, John Ryan, Enda Hogan, Tony Slattery, Joe O’Dwyer, Gerry Stapleton, Ger O’Connor, Pat Fox, Michael Murphy, Eamonn O’Shea, Tommy Grogan, Brian Mannion, Michael Doyle (capt.), Pat Looby. Sub: Pat Ryan
1980 – beat Kilkenny by 2-9 to 0-14

Team:- Vinnie Mullins, Michael Ryan, Cormac Bonnar, Pat Fox, Brian Heffernan, Joe O’Dwyer, Pat McGrath, Michael Kennedy, Philip Kennedy (capt.), Michael Murphy, Bobby Ryan, Austin Buckley, Joe Kennedy, Donie O’Connell, Pat Power. Sub: Alan Kinsella

1981 – beat Kilkenny by 2-16 to 1-10

Team:- John Farrell, Michael Ryan, Peter Brennan, Pat Fox, Ian Conroy, John McIntyre, Pat McGrath, Alan Kinsella, Philip Kennedy (capt.), Nicky English, Bobby Ryan, Martin McGrath, Ger O’Neill, Donie O’Connell, Austin Buckley.

1985 – beat Kilkenny by 1-10 to 2-6

Team:- John Leamy, Noel McDonnell, Pat O’Donoghue, Colm Bonnar, Michael Corcoran, Donal Kealy, Paul Delaney, John Kennedy, Aidan Ryan, Michael Cunningham, John McGrath, Noel Sheehy, John McCormack, Liam Stokes, Michael Scully (capt.) Sub: Murty Bryan

1989 – beat Offaly by 4-10 by 3-11

Team:- Brendan Bane, Liam Sheedy, Michael Ryan, George Frend, John Madden, Conal Bonnar, Seamus Maher, John Leahy, Declan Ryan (capt.), Padraig Hogan, Conor Stakelum, Dinny Ryan, Michael Nolan, Dan Quirke, Tony Lanigan. Subs: J. Cahill, Kevin Ryan, Don Lyons

1995 – beat Kilkenny by 1-14 to 1-10

Team:- Brendan Cummins, Liam Barron, Paul Shelly, Philip Shanahan, Brian Horgan (capt.), Keith Slevin, Brian Flannery, Aidan Butler, Terry Dunne, Thomas Dunne, Liam McGrath, Eddie Enright, Kevin Tucker, Darren O’Connor, David Bourke. Sub: Philip O’Dwyer

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Roll of Honour

All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling (Captains Name in brackets)
(8) – 1964 (Francis Loughnane), 1967 (P.J. Ryan), 1979 (Michael Doyle), 1980 (Philip Kennedy), 1981 (Philip Kennedy), 1985 (Michael Scully), 1989 (Declan Ryan), 1995 (Brian Horgan).

Munster Under-21 Hurling (Captains Name in brackets)
(19) – 1964 (Francis Loughnane), 1965, 1967 (PJ Ryan), 1972 (Willie Ryan), 1978 (Pat Fitzelle), 1979 (Michael Doyle), 1980 (Philip Kennedy), 1981 (Philip Kennedy), 1983 (Denis Finnerty), 1984 (Donal Kealy), 1985 (Michael Scully), 1989 (Declan Ryan), 1990 (John Leahy), 1995 (Brian Horgan), 1999 (William Hickey), 2003 (Eoin Kelly), 2004 (Diarmaid Fitzgerald), 2006 (David Young), 2008 (Seamus Hennessy)

Compiled by Ed Donnelly
Tipperary County Public Relations Officer
087-2055642
pro@tipperary.gaa.ie

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The last All-Ireland Final meeting between Tipperary and Kilkenny at this grade was in 2006 when the sides drew (2-14 to 2-14) at Croke Park before Kilkenny won the replay at Semple Stadium six days later on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-11. From that Tipperary team, Conor O’Brien and James Woodlock started in the recent All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final against Waterford while Gerry Kennedy, Paddy Stapleton, Alan Byrne, Ryan O’Dywer and Darragh Egan were on the panel. James “Cha” Fitzpatrick and Richie Power were the only players from the 2006 Kilkenny Under 21 team which started for the “Cats” in their recent All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final against Cork.

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