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Tipperary county hurling team

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The Tipperary county hurling team represents Tipperary in hurling and is governed by Tipperary GAA, the county board of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The team competes in the three major annual inter-county competitions; the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the Munster Senior Hurling Championship and the National Hurling League.

Tipperary's home ground is Semple Stadium, Thurles. The team's manager is Colm Bonnar.

The team last won the Munster Senior Championship in 2016, the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2019 and the National League in 2008.


The teams of the Tipperary County Board, together with Kilkenny and Cork, lead the roll of honour in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Board's teams have won 28 All-Ireland titles as of 2019 - the third most successful of all county boards. Three teams also have the distinction of twice winning three All-Ireland Finals in a row (1898, 1899, 1900) and (1949, 1950, 1951). The team of the 1960s is considered the greatest of all Tipperary teams. The County's fortunes declined during the last half-century to the extent that only seven All-Ireland Championships have been won in the period 1966 - 2019, however new systems and extensive work at underage level has seen Tipperary go on to win senior titles in 2010, 2016 & 2019 defeating old rivals Kilkenny in all well as being victorious in 4 minor and 3 U21 All Ireland hurling finals since 2006.For more detail on hurling history, see here.

Team sponsorship

Since 1991 the following companies have sponsored all of the Tipperary hurling teams.


There exists a supporters' club. According to Liam Kearns, this provides €100,000 in revenue annually for the hurling team.[1] Babs Keating first established it in 1986 and it was the first such supporters' club in Gaelic games. By 2016, it had raised several million euro for the county hurling team.[2]

Current squad

Team as per Tipperary vs Clare in the Munster SHC semi-final, 4 July 2021

No. Player Position Club
1 Barry Hogan Goalkeeper Kildangan
2 Cathal Barrett Right Corner Back Holycross-Ballycahill
3 Pádraic Maher Full Back Thurles Sarsfields
4 Barry Heffernan Left Corner Back Nenagh Éire Óg
5 Brendan MaherRET[3] Right Half Back Borris-Ileigh
6 Séamus Kennedy Centre Back St Mary's Clonmel
7 Ronan Maher Left Half Back Thurles Sarsfields
8 Noel McGrath Midfield Loughmore-Castleiney
9 Michael Breen Midfield Ballina
10 Jason Forde Right Half Forward Silvermines
11 John McGrath Centre Forward Loughmore-Castleiney
12 Dan McCormack Left Half Forward Borris-Ileigh
13 John O'Dwyer Right Corner Forward Killenaule
14 Séamus Callanan (c) Full Forward Drom-Inch
15 Jake Morris Left Corner Forward Nenagh Éire Óg
No. Player Position Club
16 Brian Hogan Substitute Lorrha-Dorrha
17 Robert Byrne Substitute Portroe
18 Paddy Cadell Substitute J. K. Bracken's
19 Eoghan Connolly Substitute Cashel King Cormacs
20 Willie Connors Substitute Kildangan
21 Alan Flynn Substitute Kildangan
22 Paul Flynn Substitute Kiladangan
23 Mark Kehoe Substitute Kilsheelan-Kilcash
24 Brian McGrath Substitute Loughmore-Castleiney
25 James Quigley Substitute Kildangan
26 Dillon Quirke Substitute Clonoulty-Rossmore

RET Player has since retired from the county team.
INJ Player has had an injury which has affected recent involvement with the county team.
WD Player has since withdrawn from the county team due to a non-injury issue.

Current management team

Managerial history

Name Club From To All-Ireland titles Munster titles National League titles
Donie Nealon Burgess 1971 1978 1971 1971
Len Gaynor Kilruane MacDonagh's 1978 1985 1979
Tony Wall Thurles Sarsfields 1985 1986
Michael 'Babs' Keating Ballybacon-Grange 1986 1994 1989, 1991 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993 1988, 1994
Fr Tom Fogarty Moyne-Templetuohy 1994 1996
Len Gaynor Kilruane MacDonagh's 1996 1998
Nicky English Lattin Cullen 1998 2002 2001 2001 1999, 2001
Michael Doyle Holycross-Ballycahill 2002 2003
Ken Hogan Lorrha-Dorrha 2003 2005
Michael 'Babs' Keating Ballybacon-Grange 2005 2007
Liam Sheedy Portroe 2007 2010[4] 2010 2008, 2009 2008
Declan Ryan Clonoulty-Rossmore 2010[5] 2012[6] 2011, 2012
Eamon O'Shea Kilruane MacDonagh's 2012[7] 2015[8] 2015
Michael Ryan Upperchurch-Drombane 2016 2018[9] 2016 2016
Liam Sheedy Portroe 2018[10] 2021[11] 2019
Colm Bonnar ? 2021


Notable players


Historically, the role of Tipperary hurling team captain for the season was decided by the winners of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship. For example, Willie Ryan was the team captain for 2009 as chosen by his club Toomevara. This system, however, meant there was little consistency from year to year and often meant that the team captain was not an integral part of the team or even a first choice player (as in the Willie Ryan example).

For the 2010 season, the responsibility for choosing the team captain was given to the county's management team. On 12 February 2010, it was announced that Eoin Kelly from the Mullinahone club would captain the county, with Declan Fanning acting as vice-captain. Eoin Kelly was once again selected as captain for the 2011 season. Paul Curran was named as the hurling captain in January 2012.

In February 2013, Shane McGrath was appointed captain for the 2013 season.[12][13]

In October 2013, Brendan Maher was named as the new Tipperary captain for 2014.[14] Maher continued as captain for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.[citation needed]

In November 2016, it was announced that Padraig Maher has been nominated as the new Tipperary hurling team captain for the 2017 season.[15]

On 22 January 2019, Séamus Callanan was named as the new Tipperary hurling team captain for 2019.[16]


Hurler of the Year winners
Award Players
Texaco HOTY
Tony Wall (1958), Liam Devaney (1961), Donie Nealon (1962), John Doyle (1964), Jimmy Doyle (1965), Michael 'Babs' Keating (1971), Nicky English (1989), Pat Fox (1991), Tommy Dunne (2001), Lar Corbett (2010)
All-Stars HOTY
Tommy Dunne (2001), Lar Corbett (2010), Séamus Callanan (2019)
Multi All Ireland Senior winners (hurling)
Medals Players
John Doyle
Jimmy Doyle
Kieran Carey, Tommy Doyle, Theo English, Mikey Maher, Donie Nealon, Tony Wall, John Walsh Sr, Liam Devaney, Mick Burns, Jack Maher, Michael Maher
Mickey 'The Rattler' Byrne, Seán McLoughlin, John 'Mackey' McKenna, Pat Ryan, Jack Gleeson, Mike Wall, John O'Donoghue, Denis Walsh, Tony Brennan, Phil Byrne, Pat Stakelum, Tim Condon, Ed Maher, Tommy Ryan
Jimmy Finn, Paddy Kenny, Phil Kenny, Seán Kenny, Declan Ryan, Pat Stakelum, Tony Reddin, Mick Roche, Len Gaynor, John Hough, Jack Power, Paddy Riordan, Donal Ryan, Jack Ryan, Phil Ryan, Tom Ryan, Tommy Ryan, Jim O'Keefe, Joe O'Keeffe, Peter O'Sullivan, Will Devane, Jim Devitt, Jack Doherty, Watty Dunne, Mick Ryan, Paddy Fahey, Jack 'Thady' Flanagan, Séamus Bannon, Ned Brennan, John Maher, Sonny Maher, Roger Mounsey, Mick Murphy, Tom Semple, Phil Shanahan, Hugh Shelly, John Leahy, William Carroll, Flor Coffey, Jack Connolly, Liam Connolly, Mick Hynes, Jimmy Kennedy, Seamus Callanan, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher, Padraic Maher,
Eoin Kelly, Nicky English, Bobby Ryan, Pat Fox, Noel Sheehy, Michael Cleary, Ken Hogan, Declan Carr, Aidan Ryan, Conor O'Donovan, Cormac Bonnar, Colm Bonnar, Conal Bonnar, Lar Corbett, Brendan Cummins, John O'Brien, Michael Cahill, Gearoid Ryan
All Star winners
Awards Players
Nicky English, Eoin Kelly, Padraic Maher
Brendan Cummins
Michael Cleary, Seamus Callanan
Bobby Ryan, Francis Loughnane, Pat Fox, John Leahy, Tommy Dunne, Lar Corbett, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath
Conal Bonnar, Cormac Bonnar, Pat McLoughney, Noel Sheehy, Declan Ryan, Paul Kelly, Conor O'Mahony, Paul Curran, Shane McGrath, Patrick Maher, Ronan Maher, Cathal Barrett
Aidan Ryan, Colm Bonnar, Declan Carr, Ken Hogan, Paul Delaney, Tommy Butler, Liam Cahill, Paul Shelly, John Carroll, Eamonn Corcoran, Mark O'Leary, Philip Maher, Eddie Enright, Declan Fanning, Mick Roche, Michael Keating, Darren Gleeson, John O'Dwyer, John McGrath, James Barry
Cú Chulainn Award winners
Awards Players
Mick Roche, Donie Nealon, John McKenna, Jimmy Doyle
Michael Keating, Tony Wall, Theo English, John Doyle
Liam Devaney, Kieran Carey, Seán McLoughlin, Len Gaynor, John O'Donoghue


All-Irelands (89)
Leagues (19)
  • National Hurling League: 19
    • 1928, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1979, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2008
Provincials (132)


  1. ^ "Premier ambitions - football finding its feet in hurling country once again". RTÉ. 2 December 2020. But there is a hurling supporters club there that pumps €100,000 into the hurlers every year.
  2. ^ "Can Cork GAA afford not to have its own supporters' club?". The Southern Star. 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Three-time All-Ireland champion Brendan Maher announces Tipperary retirement". Irish Independent. 12 August 2021. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  4. ^ Sheedy resigns as Tipp manager
  5. ^ Ryan appointed new Tipperary manager Irish Examiner
  6. ^ Ryan quits as Tipperary manager The Sunday Times
  7. ^ Eamon O'Shea appointed as Tipperary Senior Hurling Manager Tipp Tatler
  8. ^ Eamon O'Shea steps down as Tipperary manager The Irish News
  9. ^ All-Ireland Winning Tipperary Manager Michael Ryan Resigns
  10. ^ "Liam Sheedy confirmed as new Tipperary hurling manager". Sky Sports. 25 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Tipperary senior hurling manager Liam Sheedy steps down after three years in his second term". Sky Sports. 16 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Shane McGrath new Tipperary hurling captain". Nationalist. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  13. ^ "McGrath named as new Tipperary captain". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  14. ^ Brendan Maher named as new Tipperary hurling captain
  15. ^ "Tipperary SH Pre-Season Training Panel". Tipperary GAA. Tipperary GAA. 29 November 2016.
  16. ^ Seamus Callanan named Tipperary hurling captain for 2019 Irish Examiner
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