Brendan Cummins, who played more championship matches than anyone else in the history of the GAA, was honoured on Saturday night as the Tipperary Person of the Year.
The legendary Tipperary goalkeeper, who retired last year from intercounty hurling, has enjoyed a stellar career with two All Ireland titles, five Munster titles and five All Star awards.
And when he was honoured at the Tipperary Association Dublin function in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel he took the occasion to thank all those who had supported him during his eighteen years in the Tipperary jersey.
He couldn’t have achieved all he had without that support, he said, which made it so much easier for him to maintain consistency at the highest level.
He singled out his clubs in hurling and football, his management teams, his employers and especially his family and wife Pamela.
“The club is very important to every GAA player and I want to thank everyone in Ballybacon-Grange and Ardfinnan who made sacrifices to allow me to achieve what I did.
“I want to thank AIB for their support - when you work in Kilkenny for six years you need all the Tipp support you can get!
“I have been very fortunate to have had so many highs and I want to thank Fr Tom Fogarty for giving me my first Tipperary jersey and ‘Hotpoint’ Hayes for taking the last one off me in Nowlan Park.
“And I especially want to thank Pamela who has always kept me grounded and said the right things. Now I know what happens in our house on Tuesday and Thursday nights and now that I am retired I am all hers - if you take Kerry and Laois out of the equation”.