Family connections on Minor panel

Loughmore’s John McGrath is brother of senior and former underage star Noel and son of Pat, who represented Tipperary at all grades of hurling and football and won an All-Ireland senior hurling medal in 1989. John is first cousin of Liam who captained Tipperary to the Minor football title in 2011.

Loughmore’s John McGrath is brother of senior and former underage star Noel and son of Pat, who represented Tipperary at all grades of hurling and football and won an All-Ireland senior hurling medal in 1989. John is first cousin of Liam who captained Tipperary to the Minor football title in 2011.

Ronan Maher of Thurles Sarsfields is a brother of All Star Padraic Maher, who captained Tipperary to win the 2010 Under 21 All-Ireland title and has also won Minor and Senior All-Irelands.

Dylan Fitzell of Cashel King Cormacs, who captained this year’s minor football team, is a nephew of Pat Fitzell, who played hurling for Tipp for many years.

Tom Fox (Eire Og Annacarty/Donohill) is a nephew of former hurler of the year and All Star Pat Fox.

Kildangan’s Tadhg Gallagher is a brother of Joe, a member of the Tipperary Under 21 and Intermediate hurling teams this year, who also played Minor hurling for the county.

Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og) is a brother of Mikey Heffernan who has won Minor, Under 21 and Senior All-Ireland medals with Tipperary and is on this year’s Intermediate hurling panel. His father Liam and uncles John and Brian Heffernan all represented Tipperary, with John winning an All- Ireland Senior hurling medal.

Team captain Bill Maher (Kilsheelan) is a second cousin of 2010 All-Ireland winning Tipperary captain Eoin Kelly.

Conor Lanigan, Thurles Sarsfields is a son of Tony Lanigan who played for Holycross/Ballycahill, represented Tipperary at Minor, Under 21 and Senior hurling and is currently an Under 21 selector with the county.

Kildangan’s Jack Loughnane is a second cousin of selector Martin Maher and current Tipp senior player Brendan Maher.

Panellists from Clonoulty/Rossmore, Jimmy Maher and Sean Maher, are first cousins.

From player to County Board Secretary

County Board Secretary Tim Floyd was a member of the Tipperary Minor Hurling squad that ended a 17-year losing sequence by winning the 1976 All- Ireland title. The team coach was Michael V. O’ Grady, then based in Cashel, who subsequently served as coach or manager with Tipperary, Wexford, Limerick and Dublin Senior teams as well as helping Antrim in their march to the 1989 All-Ireland Final.