Fethard heroes from 1978 and

There may have been disappointment for Moyle Rovers at Cashel on Sunday but it was a proud day for another great South Tipperary football stronghold when the Fethard county senior football winning sides of 1978 and 1984 were honoured.

There may have been disappointment for Moyle Rovers at Cashel on Sunday but it was a proud day for another great South Tipperary football stronghold when the Fethard county senior football winning sides of 1978 and 1984 were honoured.

In a joint promotion involving The Nationalist, the County Board and the Park Hotel, the players from the two teams were feted throughout the day - firstly at the county final in Cashel and later than evening in Clonmel.

The Blues lead the roll of honour for county titles with twenty one and took great satisfaction from the ‘78 and ‘84 wins, especially the latter in Centenary Year.

Their last success was in 2001 but hopes are high that they can soon return to winning ways again.

On Sunday they were introduced to the crowd at Cashel and then that evening were welcomed to a special function in the Park Hotel where each player was presented with a framed team photograph taken earlier in the day and a commemorative scroll. The club was also presented with a photograph for the clubhouse.

Glowing tributes were paid to the Fethard club for their contribution to Tipperary GAA and to the ‘78 and ‘84 teams for maintaining the high standards set by teams before them.

County Board chairman Barry O’Brien led the tributes and said it was great to be honouring such a proud club in a great year for Tipp football. Many had scoffed when he predicted an All Ireland senior football title win for Tipperary by 2020 but the success of the county minors this year suggested that it wasn’t such a far flung notion.

Mr O’Brien said it was an important part of the GAA culture in Tipperary to honour great teams and players of the past and to recognise the contribution of those who had gone before.

The Fethard achievements were also praised by County Football Board chairman Noel Morris and chairman of the organising committee, John Costigan.

Editor of The Nationalist, Michael Heverin, said the newspaper was delighted to be involved in honouring such a special team as it maintained the paper’s proud record of recording GAA activities in the county for the past 121 years.

He said it was important to look back at the past as well as ahead to the future and he congratulated all the players who had worn the blue jersey of Fethard with such distinction in 1978 and ‘84.

Replying on behalf of the club, Gus Fitzgerald, thanked everyone involved in the day. He said it meant a huge amount to the players to be honoured and they had travelled from all over to the present, including Anthony Colville who had returned from London.

Mr Fitzgerald said it had been a great year for Tipperary football and he was delighted to seen Tipperary minor manager David Power present with the Markham Cup and he looked forward to successful years again for Fethard.