Even though he had retreated to the sanctuary of the dressing room, captain Liam McGrath was still clinging to the Tom Markham Cup in the way you would expect from the first Tipperary man to lift the trophy awarded to the winners of the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship.
The cup, which commemorates a Clare man who gave great service to the GAA, was first awarded in 1940, six years after Tipperary’s only other win in the competition. Having reached the final in 1934 they were awarded the title after the other semi-finalists, Dublin and Tyrone, were disqualified for fielding overage players.
Tipperary’s first Minor All-Ireland won on the field of play was a great feeling but even after the cup was presented and the team had completed its lap of honour the victory had yet to properly sink in, according to the captain.
“We were under pressure for most of the match but we kept plugging at it. You have seen that in all the games, any time we came under pressure we kept plugging at it and kept taking points rather than going for goals.”
Read the rest of this interview and much more in The Nationalist, this week.