On this coming June Bank Holiday Monday, Tipp FM will be broadcasting a new documentary, entitled ‘The Famine Is Over’.

The programme focuses on the Tipperary hurling team’s campaign of 1987, from their battle to get out of Division 2 of the National Hurling League, to their progress in the Championship. Given the title of the programme, particular emphasis will be put on the monumental Munster Final replay with Cork in Killarney, when Tipp took their first Munster crown in sixteen years.


That particular victory sparked a revival in Tipperary hurling that would lead to four further Munster Championships, as well as two All-Irelands, over the next six years.


‘The Famine Is Over’ is a recollection of various moments and experiences of that year, told by some names familiar, and some not.

Those who contributed to the programme include: Former Tipperary manager Michael "Babs" Keating, 1987’s captain Richie Stakelum, and other members of that panel including Nicky English, Pat Fox, Donie O’Connell and Michael Doyle.


Sports writer and Nenagh-native Vincent Hogan, as well as Tipp supporters John Meagher, Brian Boyle, Enda O’Sullivan, and John Scott, also shared their memories of 1987.

Radio Producer/Journalist Ciarán Ryan, a native of Newport, produced the documentary, and it was supported by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Scheme, as well as Tipp FM.

The programme will air between 4 and 5pm on Monday June 2nd, in the lead up to Tipp’s clash with Cork on June 8th. You can tune in to Tipp FM on the following frequencies, depending on your location: 95.3, 97.1, 97, and 103.9Fm. Alternatively, you can listen to the programme online at


Ciarán Ryan



www.tippfm.com Special thanks to all those who gave their time up to be interviewed for this project, Fran Curry and all at Tipp FM, County PRO Ed Donnelly, and the nice folks at Premierview.ie

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