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All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
Tipp defence steps forward
Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Monday, August 15, 2011
THE last time we saw this Tipperary team, in the Munster final five weeks ago, it was the attack winning all the plaudits, a seven-goal blitzing of Waterford. Yesterday, in this All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final at sun-soaked Croke Park, it was the turn of the defence to make a name for themselves. Those highly-rated Tipp forwards again managed 19 points but against an injury-hit but fired-up Dublin side that exceeded all expectations they were confined to just the one goal.
Time for the Tipp defence to step forward, and step forward they did. No goal conceded, not even a sniff of a goal until the final minute when Brendan Cummins cleared off the line from Ryan O’Dwyer while an ill-judged shot from Paul Ryan in the 32nd minute was the only save the Tipp custodian had to make in 70 minutes. Yes, Dublin played a tactically defensive game, withdrawing both Dotsy O’Callaghan and Alan McCrabbe to reinforce midfield and the half-back line, but they still managed to apply constant pressure up front; this time it was the Tipp defence standing tall. Tipperary needed Paul Curran in control at full-back, needed Paddy Stapleton and sweeper Michael Cahill at their covering best alongside him. They needed Conor O’Mahony to hold the middle, needed John O’Keeffe and the immense Padraic Maher to hold their ground in the face of incessant Dublin attacks. All delivered.
Even as we praise Tipperary, however, we must also give due credit to Dublin, to Anthony Daly and his management team especially. Shorn of Stephen Hiney, Tomás Brady and Óisín Gough from their defence, denied the towering presence of Conal Keaney from the midfield/half-forward area, they were given no chance whatsoever of even coming close to the All-Ireland champions, of containing that lethal attack. Daly and Dublin had other ideas, however, and that patched-up defence was magnificent, heroes all from two to seven.
They got off to a terrible start, a soft goal conceded to Lar Corbett in just the third minute. Peter Kelly failed to catch the bouncing ball and Lar ghosted in behind to just beat the advancing Gary Maguire and flick to the net. It was a cruel blow for both Kelly and Dublin; both would recover, and recover quickly. Lar did manage a further three points before the break, but he was the only Tipp forward on song as Kelly went to give an inspirational performance for Dublin. Within minutes of the Tipp goal Dublin had notched three points, Alan McCrabbe, Liam Rushe (towering midfield performance before tiring in the final minutes) and the lethal Paul Ryan the scorers.
The sides then went tit-for-tat with three points apiece, leaving it at 1-3 to 0-6 after 14 minutes – game on, and game very much on when Dublin then added three points without reply. In fact were it not for a couple of underhit shots that dropped tamely into the grateful mitt of Brendan Cummins, and a goal attempt by Paul Ryan that should have been tapped over, Dublin would have been even further ahead. As it was, with a couple of late points from midfielders Shane McGrath and Gearoid Ryan, Tipp managed to pull it back to level pegging at the break, 1-8 to 0-11.
Tipp were being asked questions, no doubt about that. They made changes, came out for the second half with last year’s All-Star Brendan Maher introduced to midfield, Noel McGrath (hardly touched a ball in the first half) moved up front, and it was McGrath with the first point of the second period, followed by two pointed 65s from a subdued Eoin Kelly after two good body-blocks by the magnificent Gary Maguire. With Tipp three points clear (1-11 to 0-11), this was when they were expected to start driving on but it was Dublin stepping forward and points from sub Maurice O’Brien (1) and free-taker Paul Ryan (2) had the game tied again by the 45th minute.
Eventually, in the final quarter, Tipperary did manage to battle their way free of Dublin, but a battle it was. From the sideline – strange to relate in a game that was so close all through – there was never a sense that Dublin would actually win, but this was because the Tipperary defence was so in control. The Dublin forwards worked very hard, none more so than veteran Liam Ryan, getting a rare but justified start at full-forward. Ultimately, however, they needed a goalscorer, they needed a Lar Corbett. From the evidence of what we saw in the minor semi-final, Dublin notching six goals in their win over Waterford, that threat is coming. Meanwhile, thanks to that defence, Tipp go through to another All-Ireland final meeting with Kilkenny. The attack? Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher, Eoin Kelly, John O’Brien all hauled ashore before the end.
The vagaries of sport?
Scorers for Tipperary: L Corbett 1-3; E Kelly 0-6 (0-2f, 0-3 65s); N McGrath 0-3 (0-1 s/l); P Maher 0-2; G Ryan 0-2; S McGrath, S Callanan, P Bourke (f), 0-1 each.
Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 65); L Ryan, D O’Callaghan, A McCrabbe, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe, J Boland, P Kelly, M O’Brien, S Ryan, 0-1 each.
Subs for Tipperary: B Maher (Callanan 35); P Bourke (Patrick Maher 56); B O’Meara (Ryan 65); S Bourke (Kelly 70); J O’Neill (O’Brien 73).
Blood sub: T Stapleton (P Stapleton 45/46).
Subs for Dublin: M O’Brien (McCormack 35); D Plunkett (McCrabbe 53); S Lambert (Schutte inj. 63); S Ryan (L Ryan 65); P Carton (Durkin inj. 73). Blood sub: S Lambert (Durkin 53/56).
Referee: C McAllister (Cork)
Rising Blues give Ryan’s men timely reality check
TIPPERARY 1-19 DUBLIN 0-18
By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper
Monday August 15 2011
THE outcome was predictable but not the manner in which the winners achieved it. Installed at ridiculous odds of 1/16 to reach the All-Ireland final for a third successive year, Tipperary became the latest to discover that Dublin are now a really substantial force in hurling, one which will exert a major influence on the destination of all the big prizes over the coming years. Indeed, as the Dublin squad filed out of Croke Park after securing third place on the 2011 ratings (they deserve to be ahead of Waterford for winning the Allianz League and doing much better against Tipperary), they must have wondered how yesterday’s game would have gone if they were able to call on injured quartet, Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney, Tomas Brady and David Treacy. No county can afford to lose two excellent defenders, a strong-running, ball-winning forward and an opportunist finisher without shedding power. Dublin improvised well but still came up a little short. In fairness, they coursed their vaunted opponents all the way to the finish line in a tense, absorbing contest where the essential difference rested in Tipperary’s capacity to create, and take, scores under pressure on the home run. Their experience proved crucial in the final quarter at a time when the immense physical effort which Dublin had invested all day began to take its toll.
Tipperary out-scored Dublin by 0-7 to 0-3 in the final 22 minutes, to finish the half with a 0-11 return which was exactly the same total (1-8) as the first half. Dublin scored 0-11 in the first half and seemed to be set for a broadly similar return in the second half when they landed four points in the opening 13 minutes. However, the strike lines dried up considerably from there on. Their passing, which had been crisp and accurate in the first half, became increasingly erratic, making life a whole lot more difficult for their attack against a Tipperary defence where Michael Cahill was very effective as the loose man. Conscious of Tipperary’s high goal rate (24 in their previous six championship games), Dublin set themselves up with extra defensive reinforcements as midfielder, Johnny McCaffrey dropped into defence with half-forward Liam Rushe moving out towards midfield. Dublin’s half-forwards were also funnelling back as part of the grand design to close off the channels that Tipperary exploited so effectively in the Munster Championship. It looked like a futile exercise as early as the third minute when Lar Corbett read the angles to perfection to capitalise on a defensive mix-up before whipping the ball to the Dublin net. The spectre of another Tipperary landslide beckoned but, unlike Waterford, who disintegrated in the Munster final, Dublin ignored the setback and drove on.
The reward for their hard work and resilience was a highly productive period in which they out-scored Tipperary by 0-9 to 0-3 over the next 17 minutes. Dublin produced possibly their best hurling of the year in that phase, winning many of the one-on-one battles, working the ball cleverly into scoring positions and picking off a string of excellent points to lead by 0-9 to 1-3. Corbett was Tipperary’s only real attacking threat during the first half as the hard-working Dublin defence went into top security mode. And on occasions when their locks were picked, goalkeeper, Gary Maguire intervened. He made a great save from Seamus Callanan just before half-time, but Tipperary still finished strongly to draw level (1-8 to 0-11). When Tipperary shot three unanswered points in the opening seven minutes of the second half, they again appeared poised to press on for a comfortable win. But, just as they had done in the first half, Dublin launched a counter-offensive and scored three points in three minutes to draw level. Indeed, their haul might have been higher had sub Maurice O’Brien managed to keep his drive lower in the 43rd minute. Briefly, the goal chance was on but his shot flew high over the bar, much to the relief of Brendan Cummins on a day when he created a hurling championship appearance record.
Tipperary led by a point after 58 minutes and it was from there on that they really imposed themselves on the game, scoring five more points while conceding only two. A number of factors created the conditions for Tipperary’s growing superiority. Padraic Maher, who had also been very good in the first half, Conor O’Mahony, Paul Curran and Michael Cahill tightened the defensive bolts; Shane McGrath asserted himself around midfield while Noel McGrath and Eoin Kelly raised their game in attack. Anthony Daly talked afterwards about Tipperary’s greater economy and it certainly applied in the final quarter. Peter Kelly, who made some wonderful catches and upfield bursts, one of which he finished with a spectacular point, led Dublin’s defensive operation, but it wasn’t quite as well co-ordinated as in the first half.
That allowed Tipperary to wait patiently for the openings and, when they arrived, they had the accuracy to exploit them. Kelly pointed three second-half ’65s’; Noel McGrath angled over a delightful sideline cut; Padraic Maher galloped forward to score an inspiring point and sub Pa Bourke finished it all off with the last point of the game from a free in the 72nd minute. Dublin pressed forward in desperate pursuit of a goal in the closing seconds and came close enough, too, but Tipperary held out and, in the process, reached the All-Ireland final after conceding only one goal in four games.
They were expected to win yesterday’s game much more easily, but that was under-estimating the degree to which Dublin have improved this year. Indeed, in hindsight, this was precisely the right game for Tipperary. They needed a tough test after the untroubled march through Munster and Dublin certainly provided it. Also, the fact that they never really shook off a Dublin team that were well beaten by Kilkenny will dampen down expectations somewhat for the final. Tipperary are still favourites for the big showdown on September 4, but yesterday’s game provided a welcome level of reality for Declan Ryan to work off in the run-up to the final. As for Dublin, they have signed off on their best season in decades with the realistic expectation that there’s more to come next year and beyond.
Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 0-6 (2f, 3 ’65s’), L Corbett 1-3, N McGrath 0-3 (1 s/l), Padraic Maher, R Ryan 0-2 each, S Callanan, P Bourke (f), S McGrath 0-1 each. Dublin: P Ryan 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65’), A McCrabbe, L Rushe, J Boland, L Ryan, D Callaghan, M O’Brien, R O’Dwyer, S Ryan, P Kelly 0-1 each.
Tipperary — B Cummins 7; P Stapleton 6, P Curran 8, M Cahill 7; J O’Keeffe 7, C O’Mahony 8, Padraic Maher 9; G Ryan 6, S McGrath 7; S Callanan 6, N McGrath 7, Patrick Maher 6; E Kelly 7, J O’Brien 6, L Corbett 8. Subs: B Maher 6 for Callanan (h-t), P Bourke 7 for Patrick Maher (56), B O’Meara for Ryan (65), S Bourke for Kelly (69), J O’Neill for O’Brien (72).
Dublin — G Maguire 8; P Kelly 8, N Corcoran 7, P Schutte 6; M Carton 7, J Boland 8, S Durkin 7; J McCaffrey 7, L Rushe 7; C McCormack 6, R O’Dwyer 6, A McCrabbe 6; D O’Callaghan 7, L Ryan 7, P Ryan 8. Subs: M O’Brien 7 for McCormack (h-t), D Plunkett 6 for McCrabbe (53), S Lambert 6 for Schutte (63). S Ryan for L Ryan (65), P Carton for Durkin (72).
Ref — C McAllister (Cork)
Dublin push Tipperary all the way
By SÉAN MORAN at Croke Park for the Irish Times newspaper
Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18: THE MERE fact that it’s necessary to record that All-Ireland champions Tipperary deserved their win says a great deal about Dublin’s defiant performance. Coming into yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final missing five potential starters, Anthony Daly’s team were patronised for the quality of their season to date and damned by faint expectations. It took virtually the entire match for Tipp to establish a safe distance on the scoreboard and they progress to a third successive final against Kilkenny having been tested by the ferocity of the underdogs and in the knowledge that they will have to raise their game in the next couple of weeks.
Coming off a seven-goal demolition job in the Munster final, it wasn’t surprising that the champions appeared a little uneasy about the expectations created. Two years ago Dublin’s footballers caved in after an early goal from Kerry icon Colm Cooper and yesterday it was the hurlers’ turn to look into the abyss in the opening exchanges. Lar Corbett, reigning Hurler of the Year and scorer of 6-6 in the Munster championship, ghosted into the danger area in the third minute and after Peter Kelly obligingly fumbled possession, was on hand to touch the ball into the net and sound the alarm bells.
Dublin’s response was admirable but so was Kelly’s. Corbett helped himself to another three points on the Lucan man’s watch but 1-3 was as bad as it got and in the second half, Kelly gave a fearless display of catching and clearing – even getting up for a point of his own in the 69th minute. It’s not the first time Daly has sent out a team emboldened to exceed expectations. In the face of a team averaging four goals a championship match in the past year, it was hardly surprising that he opted for the extra defender. John McCaffrey stayed back for most of the match, although Dublin adopted more orthodox patterns in the closing stages when they were actually chasing scores that might have won the match.
The defensive effort was immense. Kelly aside, Niall Corcoran gave Eoin Kelly as hard an afternoon as he’s ever got and Paul Schutte kept John O’Brien scoreless. Joey Boland was back to his best form at centre back and he too hit an inspiring point to level the match in the eighth minute. On either side, Michael Carton made life really uncomfortable for Tipp’s chief hewer of wood and drawer of water Patrick Maher and Shane Durkin played as well as he ever has for the county.
The downside of all of the defensive concentration was that the underpopulated full-forward line was stretched too thinly to be able to capitalise on some of the great, relieving clearances that were launched in the direction of Paul Ryan and Ryan O’Dwyer, whole-heartedly taking on his erstwhile team-mates, and Michael Cahill found himself the happy recipient of a fair bit of uncontested ball. It took Dublin four minutes to cancel out Corbett’s goal. Points from Alan McCrabbe, Liam Rushe and a Paul Ryan free levelled the match and from then on in the game, Dublin posed a major challenge. Rushe and Conor McCormack played centrefield and their youthful energy put Shane McGrath and Gearóid Ryan under severe pressure.
Paul Ryan’s high-yield free taking was once more Dublin’s chief source of scores but he threw in a couple from play to finish with 0-9 and move clear at the top of the scoring charts for 2011 and, on 53 points, apparently safe from the danger of being caught by any of next month’s finalists (although that point is made advisedly in the case of Corbett). Dublin’s attempts to add a goal were unavailing. McCrabbe’s poor cross was smartly intercepted by Pádraic Maher – having another outstanding match at wing back for Tipperary – and Paul Ryan’s optimistic pop at goal instead of taking the point provided an easy stop for Brendan Cummins, who yesterday broke Christy Ring’s championship appearance record of 65.
Before the break, Corbett set up Séamus Callanan for a goal chance but Maguire saved well. Level at half-time, could Dublin maintain the effort and momentum? Unsurprisingly the answer was ‘no’ but they still managed to push the contest all the way until the final bell. Their energies flagged and the crisp, perceptive passing that swiftly built attacking movement in the first half became a bit more ragged and made life harder for the forwards in their contest for the ball.
The primary reason Tipperary held steady and won was the class shown by their top performers. Noel McGrath had been relatively anonymous in the first half but came out after the break to score three points. Eoin Kelly calmly nailed three 65s and a free to keep the scoreboard moving. Twice Dublin levelled again in the second half with Ryan frees but on both occasions Tipperary restored the lead immediately through Noel McGrath and a long-range shot from Pádraic Maher. Dublin adopted a more orthodox line-out as the match entered its final phase. Rushe went into full forward to try and apply his aerial power to grabbing a precious goal but Tipperary have conceded just one in the championship to date and held out again yesterday. There were a couple of late raids on the goal deep in injury-time but by then Dublin trailed by four and Tipp’s lead was inviolable.
TIPPERARY: 1 B Cummins; 2 P Stapleton, 3 P Curran, 4 M Cahill; 5 J O’Keeffe, 6 C O’Mahony, 7 Pádraic Maher (0-2); 8 G Ryan (0-2), 9 S McGrath (0-1); 10 N McGrath (0-3, 0-1 sideline cut), 11 S Callanan (0-1), 12 Patrick Maher; 13 E Kelly (0-6, 0-3 65s, 0-2 frees), 14 J O’Brien, 15 L Corbett (1-3). Subs: 21 B Maher for Callanan (half-time), 17 P Bourke (0-1, free) for Patrick Maher (56 mins), 22 B O’Meara for Ryan (65 mins), 18 S Bourke for Kelly (70 mins), 23 J O’Neill for O’Brien (73 mins). Yellow card: O’Meara (73 mins).
DUBLIN: 1 G Maguire; 2 N Corcoran; 3 P Kelly (0-1), 4 P Schutte; 5 M Carton, 6 J Boland (0-1), 7 S Durkin; 10 C McCormack, 12 L Rushe (0-1); 13 D O’Callaghan (0-1), 14 L Ryan (0-1), 9 A McCrabbe (0-1); 8 J McCaffrey, 11 R O’Dwyer (0-1), 15 P Ryan (0-9, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65). Subs: 20 M O’Brien (0-1) for McCormack (half-time), 22 D Plunkett for McCrabbe (53 mins), 19 S Lambert for Schutte (63 mins), 23 S Ryan (0-1) for L Ryan (66 mins), 17 P Carton for Durkin (73 mins). Yellow card: McCormack (11 mins).
Referee: C McAllister (Cork).
3rd minute: Peter Kelly gets to a dropping ball first but fumbles and Lar Corbett flicks it into the net for an ominous start for the outsiders. 1-0/0-0
7th minute: Paul Ryan’s first free of the match levels the scores as Dublin put the bad start behind them. 1-0/0-3
20th minute: Another free from Ryan pushes the lead to three, Dublin’s high point on the scoreboard. 1-3/0-9
33rd minute: Corbett lays off a pass to Séamus Callanan and his goal attempt is saved by Gary Maguire to keep the scores level at the interval. 1-8/0-11
36th minute: Instead of taking his score after a fine break, David O’Callaghan passes to Liam Ryan, who is well-covered by the defence and the chance to regain the lead immediately on the restart is lost. 1-8/0-11
49th minute: Immediately after Paul Ryan’s free has equalised the match for the second time in the second half, Pádraic Maher launches a long-range point to restore Tipperary’s lead, which they never subsequently lose. 1-13/0-15
50th minute: Paul Ryan is denied a 65 when the ball appears to go out off a defender. A point would have levelled the match. 1-13/0-15
73rd minute: Replacement Pa Bourke converts a free to give Tipperary a four-point lead and make redundant Dublin’s goal attempts in the dying seconds. 1-19/0-18
Corbett goal guides Tipp into third successive final
From the GAA.ie web site
Sunday, August 14, 2011
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final
Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
Tipperary are through to a third successive All-Ireland final for the first time since the early 1960s following a four-point win over Dublin at Croke Park on Sunday. Lar Corbett’s goal after three minutes proved crucial in the end, Tipperary’s leading all-time Championship goal scorer grabbing the 26th of his career after confusion in the Dublin defence. Corbett, the Hurler of the Year, plundered 1-3 in total from very limited possession, as Dublin cleverly cut off the supply of quick ball that the Tipperary full-forward line has thrived on this year. Having clearly learned from Tipperary’s massacre of Waterford in the Munster final, Dublin manager Anthony Daly moved both Johnny McCaffrey and Liam Rushe into the half-back line to provide extra cover. Corbett’s early goal aside, the ploy worked a treat with Dublin defending heroically at times to keep the reigning All-Ireland champions at bay.
However, Dublin’s scoring statistics at the end told a familiar story; Paul Ryan, who moved clear at the top of the Championship scoring charts, scored exactly half their total. No other Dublin player hit more than a single point. While Corbett did the damage for Tipp in the first half, Eoin Kelly and Noel McGrath lent a helping hand at crucial stages in the second half, McGrath landing a particularly important sideline cut to give his side a three-point cushion going into the last five minutes. Daly asked that his players have no regrets after the game and it is hard to pick holes in their performance, for they emptied everything they had on the pitch, more than matching Tipperary physically, but they might have been short that little bit of extra class and experience in the second half. After the early setback, Dublin hit a rich seam of form, with a six-point haul from Paul Ryan helping them to parity at the break, 0-11 to 1-8.
Three successive points on the resumption of play put Tipperary in the driving seat, but again Dublin came back, drawing level in the 46th minute thanks to two more frees from Paul Ryan. Tipperary eased ahead with scores from Pádraic Maher and Eoin Kelly and they would not relinquish that lead in the final quarter, as they showed all their experience to claim an All-Ireland final place against Kilkenny on September 4. Inevitably, Dublin’s intensity flagged in the second half, and as mistakes crept into their game, Tipperary kept their nerve and calmly picked off their scores in the closing stages.
Although Dublin full-back Peter Kelly ensured a frantic finish with a point that reduced the gap to three in the final minute of normal time, Pa Bourke landed a free to secure the win in the second minute of added time. Just three minutes in, Dublin’s plans were in tatters when Corbett pounced for a goal. Shane McGrath played a low ball into the full-forward line and Corbett snuck in between his marker, Kelly, and goalkeeper Gary Maguire to prod the ball home. It was a desperate blow for Daly’s side, but they responded strongly, three points in as many minutes levelling the game by the seventh minute. Alan McCrabbe and Rushe pointed from play and Ryan opened his account with a free. Dublin led for the first time in the game n the 16th minute when Ryan hit his third of the afternoon. The Ballyboden St Enda’s man had a superb first half and he turned provider for David O’Callaghan, fielding a high ball and flicking a pass to his team-mate. When Ryan hit yet another score from a free, Dublin were 0-9 to 1-3 ahead.
But Tipperary’s attacking threat was always bubbling and Corbett would plunder another three points from play by the end of the half to add to his early goal. Gearóid Ryan, Seamus Callanan and Shane McGrath lent a hand in the scoring stakes, Ryan levelling matters at 0-11 to 1-8 on the half hour mark, which was the last score of the half. Both sides had goal chances before the break. Ryan shot straight at Brendan Cummins – who was appearing a record-breaking 66th time in the Championship for his county – when he probably should have popped the sliotar over the bar to give the Dubs the edge at the break.
Tipp’s chance was even better. Conor McCormack dallied in possession and was stripped of the ball and Corbett unselfishly fed Callanan, whose low shot was well saved by Gary Maguire, the Dublin goalkeeper. Having established an early lead with the first three points of the second half, Dublin hit back before Tipperary manager Declan Ryan brought on Brendan Maher and Pa Bourke to freshen up his attack. How Daly would loved to have been able to call on the likes of Conal Keaney and David Treacy in the closing stages. As Tipperary pulled away in the final quarter, one could only wonder if the Dubs would have closed that gap in class had it not been for the crippling number of injuries they have suffered this year. In the end, Tipperary fully deserved the win, but they will be massively relieved to pass such a searching test against a team that appear well placed to challenge the Tipperary-Kilkenny duopoly of recent times. For now, though, the two best teams in the country will meet for the third year in a row on the first Sunday in August.
Tipperary Scorers: L Corbett 1-3, E Kelly 0-6 (0-3f, 0-2 65), N McGrath 0-3 (0-1 sl), Pádraic Maher 0-2, Gearóid Ryan 0-2, S Callanan 0-1, S McGrath 0-1, P Bourke 0-1 (0-1f).
Dublin Scorers: P Ryan 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1 65), D O’Callaghan, L Ryan, L Rushe, R O’Dwyer, A McCrabbe, J Boland, P Kelly, M O’Brien, S Ryan (all 0-1).
Tipperary: B Cummins, P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, P Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: B Maher for S Callanan (HT), T Stapleton for P Stapleton (45-46), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (56), B O’Meara for G Ryan (65), S Bourke for E Kelly (70), J O’Neill for J O’Brien (72).
Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; M Carton, J Boland, S Durkin; A McCrabbe, J McCaffrey; C McCormack, R O’Dwyer, L Rushe; D O’Callaghan, L Ryan, P Ryan. Subs: M O’Brien for C McCormack (HT), D Plunkett for McCrabbe (53), S Lamber for Durkin (53-56), S Lambert for Schutte (63), S Ryan for L Ryan (65), P Carton for Durkin (72).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Dublin in All Ireland senior hurling semi-final next Sunday has no changes in personnel from the team which started the Munster SH final against Waterford. There is one positional switch with Noel McGrath at number 10 and Seamus Callanan at number 11.
The team is:
1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)
2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
10. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain
14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)
15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
Dublin (SHC v Tipperary) – Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; Michael Carton, Joey Boland, Shane Durkin; Alan McCrabbe, Johnny McCaffrey; Conor McCormack, Ryan O’Dwyer, Liam Rushe; David O’Callaghan, Liam Ryan, Paul Ryan.
GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 3.30pm
Áth Cliath v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Corcaigh)
This game will be shown live on RTE2
Press Pack – Tipperary Senior Hurling – 2011 All Ireland SH Championship Semi-Final
Tipperary V Dublin
In Croke Park on Sunday, August 14 2011 at 3.30pm
The team will be announced by email and local radio no later than 9pm on Thursday August 11th. If selection is ready by Tuesday, August 9th, it will be announced that night. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after it is announced.
A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information – http://www.tipperary.gaa.ie/senior-hurling-player-profiles. For previous inter-county results involving Tipperary and Tipperary teams not mentioned in this press pack, please visit the Tipperary GAA Archives web site – www.tippgaaarchives.com
New Players on panel for 2011:
Shane Bourke (JK Brackens) – forward John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy) – defender Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) – midfielder Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields) – defender Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg) – forward John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore) – defender John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) – defender
Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) has an inflamed left knee and will be unavailable for selection. At time of going to print, all other players are available for selection.
Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.
Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won last year’s All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.
Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.
Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.
Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.
Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training and coaching club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers and Kildare minor footballers.
Tipperary’s Previous Championship Games 2011
Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19 Munster SHC Final Páirc Uí Chaoimh 10/7/11
Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, P Maher; E Kelly (capt), J O’Brien, L Corbett.
Subs: B Maher for O’Keeffe (35+1 mins-half-time, blood sub), P Bourke for Callanan (50), B Dunne for Ryan (54), S Bourke for N McGrath (61), B Maher for Padraic Maher (63), D Gleeson for Cummins (64).
Scorers: L Corbett 4-4, E Kelly 2-6 (0-3f), S Callanan 1-0, J O’Brien 0-3, N McGrath (0-1sl), P Bourke 0-2 each, G Ryan, S Bourke 0-1 each
Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 Munster SHC S/f Páirc na nGael Limerick 19/6/11
Tipperary: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe , P Curran , M Cahill ; D Young , C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher ; G Ryan , S McGrath ; S Callanan , N McGrath , Patrick Maher ; E Kelly , J O’Brien , L Corbett.
Subs: S Lillis for Young (h-t), P Stapleton for O’Keeffe (h-t), P Bourke for O’Brien, J Woodlock for Ryan (62), J Coghlan for Curran (70).
Scorers: S Callanan 1-5, E Kelly 1-3 (2f), N McGrath 0-3, Patrick Maher, L Corbett 1-0 each, Padraic Maher, G Ryan, S McGrath, P Bourke all 0-2 each.
Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 Munster SHC Q/f Semple Stadium 29/5/11
Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.
Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ’40, C O’Mahony for Young ’59, B Dunne for O’Brien ’62, P Bourke for Ryan ’66.
Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.
Championship scorers 2011: E Kelly 4-16; L Corbett 6-6; S Callanan 2-10; N McGrath 0-9; J O’Brien 0-5; Patrick Maher 1-1; P Bourke 0-4; B Dunne 1-0; G Ryan 0-3; Padraic Maher 0-2; S McGrath 0-2; S Bourke 0-1; J Woodlock 0-1;
13 players in total have scored.
Championship debutants 2011: John O’Keeffe (v Cork on starting 15), John Coghlan, Stephen Lillis (both v Clare as subs), Shane Bourke (v Waterford as sub)
There are 31 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 18 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields, county champions in 2009 and 2010, have most representatives with 6, followed by Toomevara with 3 and Borris-Ileigh, Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom and Inch, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Mullinahone and Templederry Kenyons with 2 each. 10 clubs have 1 representative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, JK Brackens, Killenaule, Lorrha and Dorrha, Loughmore Castleiney, Moyne Templetuohy, Nenagh Éire Óg, Newport and Portroe.
Allianz Hurling League 2011
Saturday February 12th at Semple Stadium Kilkenny 1-17 Tipperary 1-10
Saturday February 19th at Croke Park Dublin 1-16 Tipperary 1-15
Saturday March 5th at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-20 Waterford 0-18
Sunday March 13th at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh Tipperary 1-20 Offaly 1-10
Sunday March 27th at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary 1-14 Cork 1-14
Sunday April 3rd at Pearse Stadium, Galway Tipperary 4-22 Galway 1-14
Sunday April 17th at Semple Stadium Tipperary 0-17 Wexford 1-14
35 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches compared with 32 in 2009.
22 players scored during the AHL led by Pa Bourke (0-42) and followed by Shane Bourke (3-7), Noel McGrath (0-14), Gearoid Ryan (2-5), Benny Dunne (1-7) and John O’Brien (1-6).
10 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Shane Bourke, Sean Carey, John Coghlan, Eddie Connolly, Paddy Fanning, Michael Gleeson, Paddy Murphy, John O’Keeffe, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill.
Tipperary V Dublin: Previous Championship Meetings
Played 8, Tipperary won 6, Dublin won 1 and 1 draw:
Date Venue Stage Result Referee
July 7th 2007 Parnell Park Qualifier Tipperary 1-20
Dublin 1-11 Dominic Connolly
September 3rd 1961 Croke Park All Ireland Final Tipperary 0-16
Dublin 1-12 Gerry Fitzgerald (Limerick)
September 7th 1930 Croke Park All Ireland Final Tipperary 2-7
Dublin 1-3 Stephen Jordan (Galway)
October 28th 1917 Croke Park All Ireland Final Dublin 5-4 Tipperary 4-2 Willie Walsh
June 27th 1909 Athy 1908 All Ireland Final replay Tipperary 3-15
Dublin 1-5 J. McCarthy (Cork)
April 25th 1909 Jones Road 1908 All Ireland Final Tipperary 2-5
Dublin 1-8 (Draw)
Tom Irwin (Cork)
October 27th 1907 Kilkenny 1906 All-Ireland Final Tipperary 3-16
Dublin 3-8 Tom Irwin (Cork)
March 27th 1898 Jones Road 1896 All-Ireland Final Tipperary 8-14
Dan Woods (Dublin)
1896 – Michael Maher; 1906 and 1908 – Tom Semple; 1917 – Johnny Leahy; 1930 – JJ Callanan; 1961 – Matt Hassett; 2007 – Francis Devanney
Tipperary Team v Dublin 7/7/2007 Qualifier Group B, Round 2
G Kennedy; E Buckley, D Fanning, P Curran (S McGrath (60) (0-1) ); E Corcoran, C O’Mahony, S Maher; H Maloney, B Dunne (0-1); F Devanney (0-1), R O’Dwyer, L Corbett (1-1) (L Cahill (65)); S Butler (0-2), E Kelly (0-3) (D Egan (25) (0-1)), W Ryan (0-10).
Tipperary in All Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals
Tipperary have played in 30 All Ireland Hurling semi finals, winning 24 and losing 6. The details are:
2010 Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18
2009 Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7
2001 Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10 (Replay)
Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 (Draw)
1997 Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-15
1991 Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9
1989 Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11
1988 Tipperary 3-15 Antrim 2-10
1971 Tipperary 3-26 Galway 6-8
1958 Tipperary 1-13 Kilkenny 1-8
1950 Tipperary 4-7 Galway 2-6
1949 Tipperary 6-18 Antrim 1-4
1945 Tipperary 5-9 Antrim 1-6
1930 Tipperary 6-8 Galway 2-4
1925 Tipperary 12-9 Antrim 2-3
1922 Tipperary 3-2 Galway 1-3
1916 Tipperary (Boherlahan) 8-1 Galway 0-0 (Galway conceded at half time)
1913 Tipperary (Toomevara) 10-0 Roscommon 0-1
1909 Tipperary (Thurles) 6-7 Galway 5-7
1908 Tipperary (Thurles) 5-15 Galway 1-0
1906 Tipperary (Thurles) 7-14 Galway 0-2
1900 Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11 Kilkenny 1-8
1898 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 3-14 Galway1-3
1896 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-11 Galway 0-4
1887 Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7 Kilkenny 0-0
2008 Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18
2003 Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15
2002 Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16
1993 Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14
1987 Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-17
1924 Galway 3-1 Tipperary 2-3
Lar Corbett is Tipp’s top goal scorer of all times with 25 goals. He is followed by Eoin Kelly with 21. Kelly has scored a total of 21-342 for Tipperary while Corbett has scored 25-64. The next highest scoring totals among the present panel are by Seamus Callanan (8-32); Benny Dunne (5-30); Noel McGrath (2-38); and John O’Brien (2-35).
Brendan Cummins equalled Christy Ring’s championship appearances record of 65 in the Munster final. The top ten championship appearance numbers on the Tipperary panel are completed by Eoin Kelly (52); Lar Corbett (46); Benny Dunne (38); Paul Curran (36); Conor O’Mahony (31); Shane McGrath (27); John O’Brien (25); Seamus Callanan (17) and Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath and Paddy Stapleton (all on 14).
Dublin and Tipp Connections
The connections between Dublin and Tipperary hurling are many and varied. 4 of the links between the current Dublin panel / management and Tipperary are:
1) Ryan O’Dwyer is from Cashel;
2) Declan O’Dwyer’s father, Francis, is from Clonoulty Rossmore and is a former committee member of the Tipperary Supporters Club, the fund raising and support group for Tipperary hurling founded by Michael “Babs” Keating in 1986.
3) Shane Ryan’s father Jack is from Moneygall, his paternal grandfather was the late Seamus Ó Riain who served as President of the GAA and his maternal grandfather was the late Sean Ó Siocháin who served as Director General of the GAA for many years. Shane’s uncle, Eugene Ryan, is currently Secretary of the North Tipperary GAA Board.
4) Dublin selector, Richard Stakelum is from Borrisoleigh and has previous experience leading teams out of hurling famines – he captained Tipperary to victory in the Munster SH Championship final replay at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney in 1987, Tipp’s first title since 1971.
Captain from Dublin
Declan Carr of Holycross Ballycahill, who captained Tipperary to win the 1991 All Ireland SHC title nad later managed the Tipp under 21 hurling team, was born in Dublin and lived there until his mid-teens. His brother Tommy is a former captain and manager of the Dublin senior football team and has also managed the Roscommon and Cavan senior football teams.
Resident in Dublin
There was a time not so long ago when there were always at least 4 Tipperary players living in Dublin – now there is only Michael Gleeson there full-time with Noel McGrath there during the academic year when he is studying at UCD.
Two former Tipperary managers, Michael “Babs” Keating and Nicky English, who between them have managed Tipperary for 14 of the last 25 years, both reside in Dublin. Current Tipp selector, Michael Gleeson, also resided in Dublin for many years before returning to his native Thurles.
Alone all alone
When Dublin lost to Tipperary in the 1961 All Ireland Final, Premier man Paddy Croke from Killenaule, who lined out at full forward, was the only non native on the Dublin team, which was captained by full back, Noel Drumgoole, and powered by St. Vincent’s and Crumlin players.
The championship attendance record for meetings between Tipperary and Dublin is 67,866, which was set at the All Ireland Final meeting at Croke Park on September 3 1961.
Popping them over
Jimmy Doyle, who played with the help of pain killing injections for his ankle injury, was Tipperary’s top scorer in the 60 minute 1961 All Ireland final with a return of 0-9 , 7 from frees. He retired with about six minutes to play, at which stage Tipp led by 0-16 to 1-11. Achill Boothman added a Dublin point but the equaliser remained elusive, with Larry Shannon’s late angled free going narrowly wide. Jimmy’s scoring return was overtaken by Willie Ryan in the 2007 Qualifier meeting at Parnell Park. The Toomevara man struck 10 points, including 6 frees, for the winners in a nine point victory.
Spotted sitting near each other, at this year’s All Ireland Quarter Finals, in Semple Stadium were two survivors from that 1961 encounter. Jimmy Grey was Dublin’s goalkeeper and he kept a clean sheet on the day – a significant performance against the best forward line of that era. His early save from ‘Mackey’ Mc Kenna, when he deflected a goal bound shot over the bar, for the opening score of the game is often recalled. Michael Maher was full back for Tipperary and despite the ‘kitchen heat’, Willie Jackson got through for the only goal of the game, early in the second half. When you consider that Dublin scored 7-5 against defending Leinster and All Ireland Champions, Wexford, who had beaten Tipp by 10 points in the 1960 Final, it was a good day’s work. Both men are still enjoying the games and no doubt will be present on August 14 to support their successors. Both of course also went onto to make significant contributions to the GAA at administrative level.
Toss of a coin
Trivia fans might like to know that Dublin won the toss before the 1961 All Ireland Final and with no breeze to consider, Noel Drumgoole decided to defend the Railway/Hill 16 end in the first half. Tipperary led by 0-10 to 0-6 at the break. It would have been somewhat different, only for Donal O’ Brien’s two excellent saves of shots from Willie Jackson and Bernie Boothman.
In the 45th minute of the 1961 Final, the referee sent Dublin’s Lar Foley and Tipperary’s Tom Ryan to the line. Many revisionists say that Dublin would have won if Foley had finished the game, but we must remember that Ryan was a splendid hurler and he provided the scoring pass for John ‘Mackey’ Mc Kenna’s crucial goal in Tipp’s win over Wexford a year later. The disallowed Tipp goal in the 61 final, following a goalmouth melee just before half time would probably have clinched the game, if it had been given.
The 1896 Final meeting at Jones Road on 27/3/1898 saw an extremely large and enthusiastic gathering of spectators. One newspaper report noted that the game turned out as expected and was a ‘one horse affair’. Michael Maher won the toss for Tipperary and he put Dublin facing a piercing North East breeze. Tipp scored a goal in the first minute, held Dublin scoreless for twenty, led at half time by 4-6 to 0-1 and despite the losers ‘’playing all they knew, they were never in the running’’. Tipperary’s 34 point win is the record championship winning margin between the counties.
Life in Athy
The Athy club history advises that their pitch was rented in 1905 from the South Kildare Agricultural Society. The venue was among the first in Leinster to be fenced and the 1908 All Ireland Final replay there was ‘played in splendid conditions’. The attendance of 6,000 to 7,000 spectators was boosted by special trains, which carried 1,500 people from Kingsbridge (now Heuston Station). Tipperary started as ‘warm favourites’, but the first half was ‘well contested with some splendid hurling’ according to The Irish Independent report. Tipp led at half time by 1-5 (Hugh Shelly scored the goal) to 1-1 and took control early in the second half. Two goals by Anthony Carew pushed Tipp clear and despite a break, when the ball was lost after a Tipp point, the game finished with a point from the winning captain, Tom Semple. Tipp won by 16 points, which was hard to believe, after the teams had drawn two months earlier.
On May 15 this year, that occasion was celebrated in Athy, with a Tournament game, between the two counties. The score was- Tipperary 3-20 Dublin 0-26 .That Dublin performance impressed Tipp people more that night than it had in their Allianz NHL win at Croke Park on February 19.
Dublin have only beaten Tipperary once in championship hurling and that was when they dethroned the Premier County in the 1917 All Ireland Final, which was played at Croke park on October 27. A contemporary report noted that it was a fine day of sunshine, a good ground and a sympathetic (to Dublin) crowd of 12,000approx. Collegians had the Dublin selection and they augmented their line up with ‘several seasoned hurlers from Southern counties, who qualified by their residence in the capital’.
Dublin got off to a great start and led by 2-2 to nil before Tipp goals from Hugh Shelly and Jer ‘Darby’ Collison got them to half time 2-2 to 2-0. Bob Mockler who had been involved with previous Tipperary teams, was in great form for Dublin . Tipp got two second half goals per Willie O’ Dwyer and Mick Leahy, but Dublin got three- Bob Mockler, Brendan Considine and Joe Phelan –his second. Considine had come on as an early substitute for the injured Hugh Burke and his goal – doubling on a chest high pass from Frank Burke – was among the best seen in a Final up to then.
Afterwards, the winning captain Dr. John M Ryan was carried shoulder high to the pavilion, where cheering was long continued by Dublin supporters. Tipperary had players from Boherlahan, Thurles, Killenaule, Toomevara, Moneygall and Two Mile Borris, while Dublin was represented mainly, by players, from Collegians, Faughs, Rapparees and Commercials.
The referee, Waterford’s Willie Walsh, ‘was most painstaking and got through his task with satisfaction to all’.
How would Tipperary’s Lar Corbett have fared against Dublin’s Lar Foley, if the decades hadn’t separated them? Styles would have been different for a start and it would be hard to imagine the St Vincent’s man moving from the full back line, as the Tipp man roved the pitch. Lar Foley was one of Dublin’s best ever dual players and while he won Senior Football All Ireland honours in 1958 and 1963, his one shot at hurling glory ended disappointingly, in 1961. In a Hogan Stand interview (20/3/2002) the Dublin great opined – ‘why does everyone have to keep asking me about that one after all the things I’ve won ? That was a brilliant Tipperary team if you look through the team sheet; we played against some of those lads for years after that in Railway cup and we managed to beat them twice ,which we felt was quite an achievement’.
Ryan O’ Dwyer’s impressive 3-2 scoring return, against Limerick, has been mentioned regularly in the build up to the semi final, but Tipp people also recall that Dublin’s David Tracey bagged a similar score against them in the NHL game at Semple Stadium on March 29th 2009.
When Dublin beat Tipperary in the 1917 All Ireland Final they had a strong Munster input, with Clare Tipperary and Limerick natives notably involved. In 2011 they have, inter alia, influences from the same counties.
In the 1917 All Ireland Final, two Toomevara brothers played on opposing sides. Stephen Hackett lined out for Tipperary ,while Martin played for Dublin. There were four Tipp men on that Dublin team –Jim Cleary, Frank Burke and Bob Mockler were the others. Jimmy Murphy (Horse & Jockey) who was then living in Dublin, declined to play with the City men, but his loss to the Tipp attack was significant. It was interesting to note that Collegians (UCD, Veterinary College, St Patrick’s Training College, St. Enda’s Training College) had the team selection, but there wasn’t one Dublin native on the winning team. The winning team comprised of 4 from Tipp, 3 each from Cork , Limerick , 2 from Clare, 1 each from Kilkenny, Laois & Kildare.
Fifty years ago: All Ireland Final 1961
Tipperary – Donal O’ Brien, Matt Hassett (Capt), Mick Maher, Kieran Carey, Mick Burns, Tony Wall, John Doyle, Matt O’ Gara (0-2), Theo English, Jimmy Doyle (0-9),Liam Devaney, Donie Nealon (0-3), John ‘Mackey’Mc Kenna (0-1), Billy Moloughney, Tom McLoughney (0-1). Subs, Tom Ryan ( K) for J Mc Kenna, John Hough for Matt O’ Gara (injured), Sean Mc Loughlin for Tony Wall (injured).
Dublin—Jimmy Grey, Des Ferguson, Noel Drumgoole (Capt), Lar Foley, Liam Ferguson, Christy Hayes, Shay Lynch, Des Foley (0-1), Fran Whelan, Achill Boothman (0-5), Mick Bohan, Larry Shannon (0-3), Bernie Boothman (0-1), Paddy Croke, Willie Jackson (1-2). Sub. E Malone for M Bohan.
The Howard Connection
Liz Howard, PRO of Tipperary County Board for over 20 years, former President of the Camogie Association and former Tipperary Person of the Year, is a long-time Dublin resident. Her Dublin connections do not stop there. Her father, the noted hurler, Garrett Howard, won All Ireland SHC medals with both Dublin and his native Limerick. He served as a Garda in Tipperary for many years and played club hurling with Toomevara.
William Maher – selector with both counties
William Maher of Ballingarry, who captained Tipperary to the All Ireland minor title in 1996 and is currently a Tipperary under 21 hurling selector, is a former Dublin minor hurling selector.
Jim Prior, a native of Borrisoleigh, captained Dublin in the 1952 All Ireland SHC Final which they lost to Cork.
The winners of the Tipperary v Dublin game will play in the All Ireland Final at Croke Park on September 4th. The losers will be out of the championship.
Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate.
PRO, Tipperary County Board