On Tuesday July 23rd, the inaugural Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship Final took place at Semple Stadium Thurles between age old rivals Tipperary and Cork.
Earlier that afternoon, a new cup for this competition was presented by the family of the late JJ Kenneally by members of the Kenneally family to Munster GAA Chairman Liam Lenihan. Known as the JJ Kenneally Perpetual Memorial Cup, the trophy will commemorate the memory of one of Limerick city’s most well-known jewellers and businessmen who passed away in April. The Kenneally family have supplied Munster GAA with medals and trophies for many years and they have kindly donated this trophy in memory of JJ Kenneally, a former president of the St. Patrick’s GAA Club in Limerick City.
Speaking at the presentation of the trophy, Munster GAA Chairman Liam Lenihan said “Munster GAA are delighted that the memory of JJ Kenneally will be commemorated in to the future following a lifetime of involvement with the Gaelic Athletic Association. We thank the Kenneally family for their contribution to the GAA over many years and in particular, for the donation of the new cup for the winners of the Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship.”
Clive Kenneally, speaking on behalf of the Kenneally family said “Our father JJ had a long association with the GAA, working with Limerick GAA through his membership of the Mackey Stand committee and closer to home with his beloved St. Patrick’s GAA club. It’s a great honour for the Kenneally family to be associated with the Munster Council and the great competition that is the Munster Under 20 Hurling Championship”.
Tipperary captain Craig Morgan became the first person to receive the new cup following his side’s last-minute victory over Cork in the 2019 Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under 20 Hurling Final.
Clive Kenneally (left) and Robbie Kenneally (right) presenting the
JJ Kenneally Perpetual Memorial Cup to Munster GAA Chairman Liam Lenihan
Tipperary captain Craig Morgan lifts the cup following the
Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 20 Championship Final match between
Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium Thurles
Tipperary players and supporters celebrate with the cup following the Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling Under 20 Championship Final match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium Thurles
Tipperary Captain Craig Morgan with the JJ Kenneally Perpetual Memorial Cup