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Tipperary Make Padraic Maher Captain For 2017

Thursday, 1 December 2016

MANAGER Michael Ryan has handed the captaincy of the Tipperary senior hurlers to Padraic Maher for 2017.
The Thurles Sarsfields clubman will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his namesake Brendan Maher who lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup on behalf of the Premier County this year. In addition Maher's grandfather John Maher led Tipp to success in 1945.
Meanwhile Seamus Callanan will fill the vice-captain's role.
The news of the new captain came in the midst of celebration time as the County Board held a very successful medal presentation to both Tipperary Senior and Minor winning teams at a packed Anner Hotel, Thurles.
Tipp PRO Joe Bracken was a wonderful master of ceremonies with many GAA dignitaries present including Michael Bourke, Chairman of the Tipperary County Board. As part of trading good relations with their neighbour Kilkenny, the Tipp Board invited Ned Quinn, Chairman of the Kilkenny County Board, to the function. Gerry O'Sullivan, Chairman of the Munster Council was also invited and both men spoke to the attendance.
Horse trainer Aidan O'Brien was the special guest of honour and he presented the medals to the senior team. Each of the senior squad received a a special medal to honour the 1916 centenary celebrations as well as their Celtic crosses. Meanwhile Tipperary GAA president Matt Hassett presented the medals to the winning minor team.
In other news Tipperary will not compete in the 2017 Munster Senior Hurling League, which is due to commence in early January. This is the second successive year that the Premier County have opted out of the pre-season competition.
Instead, Tipp will take part in a series of challenge matches ahead of their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A opener against Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday, February 11th. 
Team manager Michael Ryan and his players will travel to Miami for a ten-day team holiday in late December. On their return Tipp have committed to a tournament game against Antrim in late January, to honour the memory of the late Fr Alec Reid.

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