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Tipperary Easter GAA Scene - 15-04-2020

April 202015th

Sport, Sport / Club Notes, Announcements

Tipperary Easter GAA Scene - 15-04-2020

A chairde,
 

As we continue on our observance of the Covid-19 restrictions, and looking after those in particular need within our community, Tipperary Co. Board wishes to thank all our clubs, players, members, friends and supporters this Easter, for the wonderful efforts and contributions you have made since the current crisis began. We thank in particular all those on the front line in our hospitals and community's who put their own lives at risk towards the help and need of others. 

 

The GAA, like many organisations, through its community spirit has been to the forefront in looking after those most in need in our parishes. That support will continue for as long as it takes until the end of this crisis finally arrives and then we can all look forward to getting back to the field of play once more.


Finally, the officers of Tipperary Co. Board wish each and everyone a happy and peaceful Easter with your families or on your own and also with your friends through whichever medium you remain in contact with them.

 

PROVINCIAL MEDIA

In what are extremely challenging times for provincial media nationwide, we ask you all to please support our local print media, Nenagh Guardian, Tipperary Star, The Nationalist and Midland Observer. These titles have been the backbone of all Tipperary GAA match reports, club news and analysis for generations. When our lives get back to some semblance of normality, we want to ensure that these newspapers are once again to the fore, with our local radio stations, in bringing you all the GAA news and information. So please give them and all local businesses your continued support.

 

SYMPATHY

Tipperary Co. Board would like to offer their condolences to the family of the late Tom Larkin, Kilsheelan who passed away last weekend. Tom was an All-Ireland senior hurling medal winner with Tipperary on 1958 and was also an intercounty footballer.

 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

 

The following is an appreciation by Sean Nugent.

 

Tom Larkin 1931 - 2020

 

The late Tom Larkin will always hold a special place in the hearts and minds of all Kilsheelan-Kilcash GAA club supporters. As the holder of the first All-Ireland senior hurling medal to come to the parish and his contribution to the club as a player and team trainer he well deserves that special place.

 

Tom had an outstanding career as a dual player at club and county level for over a twenty year period. It was as a footballer that he first came to the notice of the county selectors when he was a substitute on the county junior football team that won a Munster title in 1952, he was a regular on the junior football team for a number of years afterwards until he graduated to the senior football team on which he gave some outstanding displays in Munster championship games.

 

The amalgamation of junior hurling teams in South Tipperary in 1956 to form senior teams saw the Na Piarsaigh team established. This team contained many talented players which included Tom Larkin. Their success in 1956 and particularly 1957 when they reached the county senior hurling final brought a number of those players to the notice of the county selectors. Tom Larkin was drafted into the county senior hurling panel in 1958 and his strength and robust style of play at centre forward played a vital role in Tipperary defeating Waterford in the Munster final and Galway in the All-Ireland final bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to Tipperary after a lapse of 7 years.

 

His homecoming as an All-Ireland medal winner to his native parish was one of the greatest events that the parish has ever seen and the celebration that took place is part of the folklore of the area. Tom won a National Hurling League medal in 1959 and unfortunately afterwards while playing in the St Brendan’s Cup final in New York suffered a broken leg which curtailed his inter county career. He did however help Tipperary to win their first All-Ireland Intermediate hurling title in 1963.

 

Tom was a star at club level in every sense of the word; he played a major role in Kilsheelan-Kilcash winning south junior titles in hurling and football in 1964 and intermediate hurling in 1967. His role as team trainer for many club teams over the years was highly successful but particularly so for the county senior football titles won in 1968 and 1972. His contribution as a team trainer was recognised and hugely appreciated by all the players of that era.

 

Sincere sympathy to his sons Eugene and Eric and to the extended Larkin family.

 

Go ndeanai Dia trocaire ar a anam.

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