At Tipperary GAA convention in the Dome, Thurles, last week, Central Council representatiave, John Costigan, J K Brackens, referred to tributes in the report of secretary, Tim Floyd, to the outgoing management of the Tipperary senior hurling team, Declan Ryan, Tommy Dunne and Michael Gleeson, and said that they were most appropriate.
In the report, the secretary said that while the management had stepped down, the supreme effort they put in over two years would unfortunately be clouded by the manner of the heavy defeat to Kilkenny.
â€œThe long hours and wet nights spent in Morris Park and Semple Stadium, and the sacrifices made with their families, and the endless periods of planning and thought put in to bring success should not be forgotten. These men volunteered to do a job over two years when there were very few prepared to put up their hand, and they were praised during the Munster championship for inspirational substitutions that won games for Tipperary,â€ he said
â€œNo one was more hurt than they were after this yearâ€™s All-Ireland semi-final, for this was not how they planned it. They wanted to win an All-Ireland as much as any of us. On behalf of all genuine Tipperary supporters I want to thank them for their whole-hearted, genuine contribution and I hope they will continue to stay involved in the GAA and get enjoyment again from club and county successesâ€, he said.
Mr Costigan said that the secretaryâ€™s comments were most appropriate, adding that Declan Ryan was one of the countyâ€™s most outstanding players in any era and he hoped he would be involved in management in the county again. Likewise, Tommy Dunne, who was one of the great stylists of the game with a proud playing record, while Michael Gleeson too had shown his worth and the family involvement in hurling went back for many years.
â€œI wish the new management every success but I feel the work these men put in should not be forgottenâ€, he added.
Chairman, Sean Nugent, supported and in thanking the trio for their work for Tipperary said he was confident they would play a role again for Tipperary in the future.