The Tipperary Association Dublin has announced that Brendan Cummins, former Tipperary hurling goalkeeper, has been selected by the Association as Tipperary Person of the Year for 2013.
President of the association, Liam Myles, said that “by any standards Brendan Cummins has achieved the highest level of success in his intercounty hurling career, winning all the major awards. He established himself as a real role model for any young person in sport with his dedication and professionalism”.
The Hall of Fame goes to Michael Berkery, a native of Toomevara, who spent 25 years at the helm in the IFA and is Chairman of FBD Holdings.
Brendan Cummins made his championship debut in 1995 and among his achievements are two All-Ireland titles, five All-Star Awards, five Munster Championship medals, four National league medals and four Railway Cup medals with Munster, captaining the winning side in 2001.
At club level he made an enormous contribution too, helping Ballybacon–Grange to nine South titles at intermediate level – and he is not finished yet! Unfortunately the county title was not to be – so far! He won a south minor and under 21 championship in hurling with Ballybacon-Grange, while he won county championship honours in Under 21 and Senior football with Ardfinnan.
Brendan won the Poc Fada across the Cooley Mountains six times from 2004 – 2102 and before that, along with Ian Scallan of Wexford, he won the Pairs Competition.
He comes from a family steeped in GAA. His father John (no mean hurling goalkeeper either!) played football at all levels with Tipperary and represented Munster in football. His Grandfather, Johnny Cummins ran the Ardfinnan football club for many years in the 50s and 60s. He also inherited some football blood from his mother Ann’s side.
Brendan Cummins carved out a unique place for himself in GAA history when, in 2011, he smashed the record held by the great Christy Ring for championship appearances.