Tipperary GAA

For a list of honours won by Tipperary in hurling, football, camogie and handall competitions see Tipperary GAA honours.
For a history of GAA in Tipperary in see History of Tipperary inter county teams.
Tiobraid Árann
Irish: Tiobraid Árann
Province: Munster
Nickname(s): The Premier County
The Home of Hurling
The Blue and Gold
County colours:          
Ground(s): Semple Stadium, Thurles
Dominant sport: Hurling
NFL: Division 3
NHL: Division 1A
Football Championship: Sam Maguire Cup
Hurling Championship: Liam MacCarthy Cup
Ladies' Gaelic football: Brendan Martin Cup
Camogie: O'Duffy Cup
Standard kit
Regular kit

The Tipperary County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cumann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Contae Tiobraid Árann) or Tipperary GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Tipperary and the Tipperary inter-county teams.

County Tipperary holds an honoured place in the history of the GAA as the organisation was founded in Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, on 1 November 1884.

Tipperary are currently sponsored by Intersport/Elverys, a sponsorship that covers both the hurling and football codes and includes all grades from minor to senior inter-county teams.


Tipperary Hurling Team outside Clonmel railway station, August 26, 1910

Tipperary GAA has jurisdiction over the area that is associated with the traditional county of County Tipperary. There are 9 officers on the Board including the Cathaoirleach (Chairperson), Sean Nugent.[1]

Officers of the Board

  • President: Tommy Barrett
  • Chairman: Sean Nugent
  • Vice-Chairman: Michael Bourke
  • Secretary: Tim Floyd
  • Treasurer: Eamonn Buckley
  • Public Relations Officer: Ger Ryan
  • Youth Officer: John Smith
  • Development Officer: Jimmy Minogue
  • Coaching Officer: Nicholas Moroney

Colours and symbols

The original colours of Tipperary GAA were a white jersey with a green diagonal sash. This jersey design is associated with Tipperary's most historic match in either code, the Bloody Sunday senior football encounter with Dublin at Croke Park in 1920. The current jersey is blue with a gold central band. There have been several minor adjustments especially to the sleeve and collar areas over the years and especially since the introduction of sponsorship in recent decades which necessitates the reservation of space for company logos.

The Tipperary GAA crest originally used was the coat of arms of the Butler Family, Dukes and Earls of Ormond, whose arms were adopted by local authorities within their geographic area of influence in South Leinster and East Munster, most notably the County councils of Tipperary (South Riding), Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford and which among other refinements, included a central band of colours, surrounded by star-like designs. This crest was used until the late 1990s when the current crest, depicting the Rock of Cashel with two crossed hurleys and a football was adopted.

Past presidents

Four Tipperary men have served as President of the GAA. Maurice Davin is also the only man to have served two terms as President while Seán Ryan represented Dublin from 1928 to 1932, though a native of Kilfeacle, County Tipperary. Mr. Ryan a solicitor based in the capital, was the Association's legal advisor over a long period and played a central role in the acquisition and vesting of many club and county grounds in the GAA.

Rivalries and support

In the All-Ireland series, Kilkenny are Tipp's main rivals. This rivalry has lasted since Kilkenny's coming to power in the early 20th century. Tipp are the only team to have beaten Kilkenny in the All Ireland senior hurling championship (and also in All-Ireland senior hurling finals) more times than they have lost.

Another rival of Tipperary is Cork in the Munster Championship. These teams have met 80 times in the championship, more than any other rivalry in hurling. They have also met them countless times in the National League and pre-season challenge tournaments. A Tipp and Cork Munster hurling final in Semple Stadium is often claimed by supporters of both counties to be the most traditional Munster final and the games between them are nearly always close. The draw and replay games of 1987 and 1991 and the 1949–1954 rivalry encapsulates this rivalry and the 1991 replayed final in Thurles is claimed to be one of the greatest Munster hurling finals. This is one of the few rivalries in the provincial championships that is contested by two teams of similar stature whose honours and titles complement each other on a fairly equal basis. Kilkenny and Wexford in hurling have major difference in titles and in football, Dublin and Meath also have a gap between their respective winnings. The football teams of Galway and Mayo enjoy a similar rivalry and whose honours are divided in equal measure.

Tipp also have a strong rivalry with the other county teams in Munster and have had major tussles with Limerick in the 1930s and 40s when the latter's star was in the ascendent,though Tipp enjoy a major advantage in titles and honours won. The Tipp – Clare rivalry came with Clare's coming to power in the 1990s and the Tipp-Waterford rivalry was forged in the period 1957-63 and renewed again due to Waterford's resurgence in the 2000s, when that county enjoyed its most successful period of the modern era.


The teams of the Tipperary County Board, together with Kilkenny GAA and Cork GAA lead the roll of honour in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. The Board's teams have won 27 All-Ireland titles as of 2016 - 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 have declined significantly during the last half-century to the extent that only five All-Ireland Championships have been annexed in the period 1966 - 2014. For more detail on hurling history, see here.

Player records

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)
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, William Carroll, Flor Coffey, Jack Connolly, Liam Connolly, Mick Hynes, Jimmy Kennedy
Multi All Star Winners
Awards Players
Nicky English, Eoin Kelly,
Brendan Cummins
Michael Cleary,
Bobby Ryan, Francis Loughnane, Pat Fox, John Leahy, Tommy Dunne, Pádraic Maher
Conal Bonnar, Cormac Bonnar, Pat McLoughney, Noel Sheehy, Declan Ryan, Paul Kelly, Conor O'Mahony, Lar Corbett, Noel McGrath, Brendan Maher, Séamus Callanan, Shane McGrath,
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, Paul Curran, Darren Gleeson, John O'Dwyer, Patrick Maher
Multi 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

Current hurling squad

No. Player Position Club
1 Darren Gleeson Goalkeeper Portroe
2 Cathal Barrett Right Corner Back Holycross-Ballycahill
3 James Barry Full Back Upperchurch-Drombane
4 Michael Cahill Left Corner Back Thurles Sarsfields
5 Séamus Kennedy Right Half Back St Mary's
6 Ronan Maher Centre Back Thurles Sarsfields
7 Pádraic Maher Left Half Back Thurles Sarsfields
8 Brendan Maher (c) Midfield Borris-Ileigh
9 Michael Breen Midfield Ballina
10 Dan McCormack Right Half Forward Borris-Ileigh
11 Patrick Maher Centre Forward Lorrha-Dorrha
12 Noel McGrath Left Half Forward Loughmore-Castleiney
13 John McGrath Right Corner Forward Loughmore-Castleiney
14 Séamus Callanan Full Forward Drom-Inch
15 Niall O'Meara Left Corner Forward Kilruane MacDonagh's
No. Player Position Club
16 Darragh Mooney Substitiute Éire Óg Annacarthy
17 Kieran Bergin Substitiute Killenaule
18 Stephen Cahill Substitiute Thurles Sarsfields
19 Seán Curran Substitiute Mullinahone
20 Jason Forde Substitiute Silvermines
21 Thomas Hamill Substitiute Moyne-Templetuohy
22 Barry Heffernan Substitiute Nenagh Éire Óg
23 Donagh Maher Substitiute Burgess
24 Aidan McCormack Substitiute Thurles Sarsfields
25 Conor O'Brien Substitiute Éire Óg Annacarty
26 Daire Quinn Substitiute Nenagh Éire Óg

Squad as per Tipperary v Waterford, 2016 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final, 10 July 2016

Senior Hurling Captain

Historically, the Tipperary Senior Hurling Captain for the season was decided by the winners of the Tipperary Club 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 inter-county season the responsibility for choosing the Senior Captain has been given to the Tipperary Management Team. On 12 February 2010 it was announced that Eoin Kelly from the Mullinahone club will 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.[2][3]

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

In November 2016, it was announced that Padraig Maher has been nominated as the new Tipperary Senior hurling captain for the 2017 season.[4]

Current senior hurling manager

Name Position Club
Michael Ryan Manager Upperchurch-Drombane

Honours and notable players

For details of hurling honours, see Tipperary GAA honours#Hurling and for details on notable hurlers see List of Tipperary hurlers.

Managerial history

Name Club From To All-Ireland titles Munster titles
Donie Nealon Burgess 1971 1978 1971 1971
Len Gaynor Kilruane MacDonagh's 1978 1985
Tony Wall Thurles Sarsfields 1985 1986
Michael 'Babs' Keating Ballybacon-Grange 1986 1994 1989, 1991 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993
Fr Tom Fogarty Moyne-Templetuohy 1994 1996
Len Gaynor Kilruane MacDonagh's 1996 1998
Nicky English Lattin Cullen 1998 2002 2001 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 2010 2008, 2009
Declan Ryan Clonoulty-Rossmore 2010 2012 2011, 2012
Eamon O'Shea Kilruane MacDonagh's 2012 2015 2015
Michael Ryan Upperchurch-Drombane 2016 2016 2016

Team sponsorship

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

Gaelic football

Tipp has won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on four occasions - in 1889, 1895, 1900 and 1920. As the football championship is contested by a much larger number of teams than in hurling, success is hard won because of the high standard attained by many counties. For details on football history, see here.

Player records

Multi All Star Winners
Awards Players
Declan Browne

Current football squad

No. Player Position Club
1 Evan Comerford Goalkeeper Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2 Colm O'Shaughnessy Right Corner Back Ardfinnan
3 Alan Campbell Full Back Moyle Rovers
4 Ciarán McDonald Left Corner Back Aherlow
5 Bill Maher Right Half Back Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6 Robbie Kiely Centre Back Carbery Rangers
7 Jimmy Feehan Left Half Back Killenaule
8 Peter Acheson (c) Midfield Moyle Rovers
9 George Hannigan Midfield Shannon Rovers
10 Josh Keane Right Half Forward Golden-Kilfeacle
11 Michael Quinlivan Centre Forward Clonmel Commercials
12 Brian Fox Left Half Forward Éire Óg, Annacarty
13 Kevin O'Halloran Right Corner Forward Portroe
14 Conor Sweeney Full Forward Ballyporeen
15 Philip Austin Left Corner Forward Borrisokane
No. Player Position Club
16 Ciarán Kenrick Substitiute Moyle Rovers
17 Alan Moloney Substitiute Rockwell Rovers
18 Shane Leahy Substitiute Arravale Rovers
19 Martin Dunne Substitiute Moyle Rovers
20 Billy Hewitt Substitiute Ardfinnan
21 Mark Hanley Substitiute Aherlow
22 Ian Fahey Substitiute Clonmel Commercials
23 Donal Lynch Substitiute Clonmel Commercials
24 John O'Callaghan Substitiute Ballyporeen
25 Donough Leahy Substitiute Arravale Rovers
26 Shane O'Connell Substitiute Golden-Kilfeacle

Squad as per Tipperary v Mayo, 2016 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, 21 August 2016

Current senior football management

Name Position Club
Liam Kearns Manager Austin Stacks (Kerry)
Tommy Toomey Selector ()
Paul Fitzgerald Selector Fethard (Tipperary)
Shane Stapleton Selector ()

Honours and notable players

For details on football honours, see Tipperary GAA honours#Football. Notable players include:

Managerial history

This is an incomplete list of Tipperary Senior football managers.

Name Club From To National titles Munster titles
Johnny Mulvihill Listowel Emmets (Kerry) 1985 1990
Mickey Niblock Clonmel Commercials 1990 1991
Seamus McCarthy Galtee Rovers 1991 1996
Paddy Morrissey Galtee Rovers 1996 1997
Colm Browne Portlaoise (Laois) 1997 1999
Colm O'Flaherty Cahir 1999 2000
Tom McGlinchey Newport 2000 2003
Andy Shorthall Annanough (Laois) 2003 2004
Seamus McCarthy Galtee Rovers 2004 2006 2005 (Tommy Murphy cup)
John Owens Moyle Rovers 2006 2007
John Evans Laune Rangers (Kerry) 2007 2012 2009 (NFL Division 3)
Peter Creedon Carbery Rangers (Cork) 2012` 2015 2014 (NFL Division 4)
Liam Kearns Austin Stacks (Kerry) 2015`

Team sponsorship

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


For more details on camogie history, see Tipperary GAA History#Camogie.

Tipperary’s sudden progress to senior status (junior title in 1992, Intermediate in 1997) was followed by five All Ireland senior titles in a six-year period 1999 to 2004. Since 1949 they had previously contested seven unsuccessful All Ireland finals during Dublin’s period of dominance in the game, also losing to Antrim in 1979.[5] They won the inaugural National Camogie League (click on date for teams) in 1976 and won a second title in 2004. St Patrick’s, Glengoole won the All Ireland senior club championship in 1966 and 1967. Cashel won the title in 2007[6] and 2009.[7]

Under Camogie’s National Development Plan 2010–2015, “Our Game, Our Passion,”[8] five new camogie clubs are to be established in the county by 2015.[9]

Player records

Deirdre Hughes, who was played in the "full forward" position, was a member of "The Sligo Boyz".

Multi Camogie All Star Winners
Awards Players
Claire Grogan
Jovita Delaney, Philly Fogarty
Una O'Connor, Ciara Gaynor, Therese Brophy, Deirdre Hughes, Sinéad Millea, Julie Kirwan, Suzanne Kelly, Joanne Ryan, Trish O'Halloran


For details on camogie honours, see here.

Notable players

Ladies' Football

For details on football history, see here.

Player records

Multi Ladies' Football All Star Winners
Awards Players
Ann Maher, Lilian Gory
Josie Stapleton, Marion O'Shea, Edel Hanly


For details on football honours, see here.


Tipperary have not just excelled or contested the team sports regularly, Tipp also have competed in the handball competitions. By winning Senior titles in both Senior Hardball and Softball singles, Tipp are the only county to have won an All-Ireland in every sport under the GAA except Rounders, in which there is no official Senior inter-county championship.

Hardball singles

Tipperary have won two All-Ireland Senior Hardball singles titles. These have been both won by Pat Hickey in 1966 and 1971. Tipp are currently 10th on the all time Hardball roll of honour, 11 titles behind 2nd place, 13 time winnersKilkenny and 15 times winners, 1st place Dublin

Hardball doubles

Tipperary have won eight All-Ireland Senior Hardball doubles titles. These were won in 1929, 1931, 1962, 1968, 1972, 1975, 1989 and 1995.

Softball singles

Tipperary have won three All-Ireland Senior Softball singles titles. These were won in 1948, 1950 and 1983. Tipp are currently 7th in the all time Softball roll of honour, 9 behind 12 times winners, 2nd place Dublin and way behind 25 times winners Kilkenny.

Softball doubles

Tipperary have won eight All-Ireland Senior Softball doubles titles. These were won in 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1942, 1949 and 1950. Tipp are currently 3rd on the all time roll of honour, just 4 behind Kerry in second place with 12 and Kilkenny in first place, with 19.

40x20 singles

Tipperary have won five All-Ireland Senior 40x20 Singles titles. They were won in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1993 and 1994.

40x20 doubles

Tipperary won an All-Ireland Senior 40x20 Doubles title in 1991.

Stadium information

Also known as Thurles Sportsfield, re-developed in 1981 and renamed 'Semple Stadium' after Tom Semple, one of the famous Thurles Blues. The second biggest GAA stadium in Ireland.

See also

Further reading

GAA Story by Seamus J King 1935–1984, 1988.


  1. Tipperary GAA Officers in 2013.
  2. "Shane McGrath new Tipperary hurling captain". Nationalist. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  3. "McGrath named as new Tipperary captain". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
  4. "Tipperary SH Pre-Season Training Panel". Tipperary GAA. Tipperary GAA. 29 November 2016.
  5. Moran, Mary (2011). A Game of Our Own: The History of Camogie. Dublin, Ireland: Cumann Camógaíochta. p. 460.
  6. Cashel 1–18 Athenry 0–9 report in Irish Independent, Irish Times and on camogie.ie, preview in Irish Independent
  7. 2009 Cashel 0–11 Athenry 0–9 report in Irish Times Irish Independent, RTE online and Tipperary Star
  8. Irish Independent March 29 2010: Final goal for camogie
  9. National Development Plan 2010–2015, Our Game, Our Passion information page on camogie.ie, pdf download (778k) from Camogie.ie download site
  10. All-stars on camogie.ie

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