Denis O’Connell of the Templederry Club was the lucky winner of the prize to meet Munster Hurler of the Year Brendan Cummins, conduct an interview with him and have it published in the programme for this Sunday’s County Senior Hurling Final. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We had so many entries that we could not include all the questions. To read Brendan’s very interesting answers pick up a copy of the programme on Sunday. The questions put to Brendan were:

1. Do you still wear your Manchester United jersey under your Tipperary one? Question from: John Coffey, Moycarkey.

2. (a) Of the different designs of goalie jerseys down the years which do you least prefer? Joey Kelly and Karl Kelly (twins), Ballinahinch Club.

(b) How much training do you do on your own? Do you do any training in a ball alley/hurling wall?

3. What do you think about the new rule the GAA have introduced that all players must wear helmets? Caitríona O’Connor, Brooklands Drive, Nenagh.

4. You are my hurling hero, who would you say is yours? James Finn, Garrykennedy, Portroe.

5. How do you hit the sliothar so far? Tom Maher, Castleknock Hurling and Football Club, Dublin.

6. What made you try out for the Tipperary team? Aoife Brennan, Maudemount Cross, Dundrum.

7. (a) Would you like to become the Tipp Captain next year? I think you would make a good Captain! Denis O’Connell, Glenduff, Curreeny (Templederry Club).

(b) How many hurleys do you keep in your gear bag? (c) Have you a favourite sliothar?

(d) Who makes your hurleys? (e) Do you still play football?

(f) What did you really say to the Referee when you asked him about that penalty in the All-Ireland Final?

(g) Would you like your son to go on to be a goalkeeper or to be outfield when he gets older?

8. Did you always play in goal? Andrew Ormond, Forest, Templemore.

9. How did you become such a class goalkeeper and how do you feel about being nominated for another All-Star? Patrick Finn, Garrykennedy, Portroe.

10. Who is the best penalty taker that you have ever faced? Liam Coman, Naomh Jude Club, Templeogue, Dublin.

11. I’m a goalkeeper but I struggle to catch the ball. How do you catch it under pressure? Niall Ryan, Boolteeny, Dolla (Silvermines Club).

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