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Brendan Cummins announces his retirement

By Fintan O’Toole | Journal.ie
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Cummins in action for Tipperary in 2001.
Pic: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Tipperary goalkeeper brendan Cummins has retired from inter-county hurling.

The 38 year-old won two All-Ireland senior hurling medals with the county in 2001 and 2010 having made his senior championship debut for the county in 1995.

The Ballybacon-Grange club man told RTE’s Six One news this evening that family commitments influenced his decision to bring the curtain down on a brilliant career.

“The time is right now really for me to retire from inter-county hurling. Family has been the big reason.

“I have Paul and Sarah, now our new arrival, she’s a year old at the end of the month. So I want to spend more time with them.

“And obviously from a Tipperary hurling point of view, I’m around a long time and I think it’s time somebody else got a shot at it.”

Cummins won several honours between the posts for Tipperary including five Munster senior hurling medals and three National hurling league titles.

He won an All-Ireland U21 medal in 1995 and claimed Allstar awards for his goalkeeping exploits in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2010.

His career highlights though were those September triumphs when Tipperary claimed the Liam McCarthy Cup with victory over Galway in 2001 and success against Kilkenny in 2010.

And with his playing days behind him, Cummins is hopeful of one day moving into management.

“I think I would have an awful lot to offer. I would have to get certain skills back up from a coaching point of view.

“So I’m definitely not the complete package, even though I think I’ve seen 9 or 10 different managers and what their styles have been. I do have an awful lot of work to do from that side.”


LIMERICK hurlers will backbone a Munster team that will play an exhibition match prior to an American Football game in Notre Dame this weekend.

The group is split in to Munster and Leinster teams and will play an 11-a-side modified game in Arlotta Stadium on Saturday as part of the game-day build up to the big college football clash between Notre Dame and USC.

With over 100,000 fans on the University’s grounds that day, it provides a unique opportunity to showcase hurling during one of the biggest sporting events in the US.

The game, which is played on a smaller pitch to accomodate non-GAA sports grounds, has a different scoring system to a normal hurling game with only goals allowed. The value of a goal, however, is dependant on what part of the field it is scored from. It was designed by former Cork hurler Donal Og Cusack who is now chairman of the GPA and is attempting to bring hurling to a wider audience.

Already this year there have been two exhibition games in Ireland, one in Galway during an international hurling tournament and the other in Croke Park before the All Ireland hurling final replay.

The Munster team is managed by former Limerick boss Donal O’Grady while Kilkenny’s Martin Fogarty is in charge of the Leinster side. Along with the nine Limerick players, there are four Tipperary players and Waterford player on the Munster squad. There are no representatives from All Ireland finalists Cork and Clare.

MUNSTER SQUAD: Nicky Quaid, Donal O’Grady, James Ryan, Gavin O’Mahony, Graeme Mulcahy, Wayne McNamara, Declan Hannon, Tom Condon and Paudie O’Brien (Limerick), Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett, Patrick Maher and Paul Curran (Tipperary), Shane O’Sullivan (Waterford)

LEINSTER SQUAD: James Skehill (Galway), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Aidan Harte (Galway), Niall Healy (Galway), David O’Callaghan (Dublin), Jack Guiney (Wexford), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Neil McManus (Antrim), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Shane Dooley (Offaly), Cathal Parlon (Offaly), Lee Chin (Wexford), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny).


The Clean Ireland Recycling county senior hurling final had a nail biting finish but in the end Loughmore Castleiney held on under extraordinary pressure to clinch their third county senior hurling championship title on Sunday last at Semple Stadium with a 1-17 to 1-16 victory over a gallant Nenagh Éire Óg side. Congratulations to Loughmore Castleiney on their great win and well done to Nenagh also on a courageous battle. County Chairman, Sean Nugent, presented the Dan Breen Cup to victorious captain Ciaran McGrath. Noel McGrath won the Man of the Match award which was sponsored for the 25th time by John Quirke Jewellers of Cahir. Our thanks are due to John for his generosity over so many years. In a unique double, Noel emulated the achievement of his father, Pat, who was Man of the Match when Loughmore Castleiney won their first title 25 years ago.

Loughmore Castleiney will play Limerick champions, Na Piarsaigh, in the AIB Munster Club championship quarter final at Semple Stadium on Sunday October 27.


There will be celebrations on the Tipperary side of the Shannon as Ballina won their first ever county intermediate hurling title with a 3-12 to 0-20 victory over Moyne Templetuohy. As with the senior final, this was a nail biting finish and the width of the post was all that prevented a battling Moyne Templetuohy side from earning a draw. Congratulations to Ballina on securing a great win and well done too to Moyne Templetuohy for their contribution to a fine game. County Vice Chairman, Michael Bourke, presented the Jacksie Ryan Cup to victorious captain, David Hickey, who gave a rousing address.

The John Quirke Jewellers sponsored Man of the Match award went to Ballina centre back, Thomas Collins.

Ballina will play Dromin-Athlacca or Knockaderry of Limerick in the AIB Munster club intermediate hurling quarter-final on Sunday October 27 at a Limerick venue.


Uniquely on county hurling final day the club that won the title also had a team of the past honoured. The Loughmore Castleiney team which won the county title in 1988 were introduced between the Intermediate and Senior games by County PRO, Ger Ryan. They were entertained at a reception in the Dome before the games and attended a dinner in their honour at the Templemore Arms Hotel afterwards. Thanks are due to the Templemore Arms and the Tipperary Star for their sponsorship of the event and to the Loughmore Castleiney club and the organising committee for making all the arrangements to make the event such a success. One of the unique aspects of the day was the photograph of the 1988 and 2013 teams which was taken on Sunday night in the Templemore Arms. It will surely be a GAA collector’s item.


The Clean Ireland Recycling county minor hurling A and B finals will be played on Sunday next, October 20 at Semple Stadium. In the B final at 2pm, Ballina will play Emly / Treacys and in the A final Holycross Ballycahill will play Nenagh Eire Og, who beat Carrick Swan 5-19 to 0-14 in the semi-final on Wednesday, October 16 . In the A championship Nenagh Eire Og are defending champions and seeking their 8th title. Holycross Ballycahill are seeking their second title while the Mid champions last won the title in 1982. In the B final, both sides are seeking their first title.


The Clean Ireland Recycling senior football championship semi-finals will be played at Leahy Park, Cashel on Sunday next, October 20 – at 1pm JK Brackens will play Aherlow Gaels and at 2.30pm Loughmore Castleiney will take on defending champions Clonmel Commercials.


The Clean Ireland Recycling Intermediate football championship final will be played at Holycross on Sunday next October 20 at 12 noon between Ballyporeen and Borrisokane. Both clubs will be seeking their second county title with Ballyporeen having won previously in 1992 and Borrisokane in 1994.


The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior A hurling championship semi-finals will be played on Saturday next October 19 at Templemore. At 1.30pm Toomevara will play Moycarkey-Borris and at 3pm Knockshegowna will play Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams who qualified for the semi-finals with a 3-15 to 1-18 victory over Drom and Inch in last Saturday’s replayed quarter-final.


The inaugural TIPPTOBERFEST is almost here and it’s time to book tickets for the events on during a virtual feast of entertainment in Clonmel from Friday October 25 to 28. The spectacular Arena at the Clonmel Park Hotel will be the venue for TIPPTOBERFEST, one of the finest festivals of musical and sporting entertainment ever seen in Clonmel and Tipperary. Support for TIPPTOBERFEST will provide valuable financial assistance towards training costs for all Tipperary Teams taking to the field in 2014. On Friday October 25, the Tipp Fight night takes place featuring Tipperary club GAA players. Tickets purchased in advance cost €20 while those purchased on the night cost €25. On Saturday October 26 Nathan Carter will be in concert with special guests Louise Morrissey and Marty Daniels. Tickets cost €25. On Sunday October 27, there will be a Feast of Irish Folk featured the Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur and also Johnny McEvoy, Jimmy Crowley and Stokers Lodge and Denis Allen. Tickets cost €25. There are two events on Bank Holiday Monday, October 28. In the afternoon, there will be Monster Bingo with a guaranteed cash payout of a massive €15,000. Single books cost €20 with a double costing €25 and a free jackpot sheet in each book. On Monday evening, the Céilí Mór featuring the Johnny Reidy Ceili Band takes place. Tickets cost €10. Tickets for all the pre-bookable events can be purchased at Lar na Pairce Thurles (0504 22702) or at the Clonmel Park Hotel. Please book early to avoid disappointment or contact Lar na Pairce or the Hotel for more information. Tickets for the boxing are also available through GAA clubs. Corporate entertainment is also available at the event with table of 10 ringside seats available for €500. A 4 course meal is included. Individual tickets for the corporate function can be purchase at €50 each.


It’s that time of the year again when we honour our top sporting talent as the Canon Hayes National Sports Awards Committee has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2013 Awards. Members of the public along with representatives of clubs and sporting organisations are invited to submit nominations for the Awards in the categories of Local Award (Tipperary Town & West Tipperary area), County Award (Tipperary County), National Award and Outstanding Achievement Award (National/International). All persons nominated should be over the age of 16 years and the nomination should relate to achievements in the past 12 months. A brief resumé of the nominees’ sporting achievements should be submitted along with the nomination to: Sports Awards Committee, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town, or by e-mail to martinquinns@eircom.net to arrive on or before Thursday October 31. All nominations will be considered by the judging panels and a shortlist of nominees will be announced in November. The Awards are open to all sporting disciplines and the committee are looking forward to receiving many nominations for the respective categories. The Canon Hayes Awards will be presented at a Gala Black Tie Banquet at Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort on Saturday November 30, 2013.


The Tipperary County Board wish to recruit two County Games Development Administrators. The successful candidates will be responsible for the implementation of GAA Games Development Policy and will report directly to the Tipperary County Games Manager. Applications must be submitted by Monday October 21 and full details of how to apply are on the Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie.


Tipperary County Board extends its deepest sympathy to the Treacy family of Castleiney on the death of their mother Nancy and to the Rabbitte family Borrisoleigh on the death of Tony. Mrs. Treacy was mother to John and Pat, both of whom played on the Loughmore Castleiney county title side of 1988. John also served as Secretary of the club for 30 years. She was also grandaunt to 11 of Sunday’s Loughmore Castleiney senior hurling panel. Tony Rabbitte, was a native of Galway, but served Borris-Ileigh loyally and well including as club chairman. His 3 sons, Mark, Philip and Darragh all represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 hurling with Darragh also playing senior and winning an All-Ireland senior medal in 2001 as sub goalkeeper.


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