Congratulations to Tipperary intermediate hurling boss Mick Ryan, Tullamaine, whose team retained the All-Ireland title by defeating Kilkenny by 2-14 to 2-11 at Nowlan Park on Saturday, August 31.
This was a great achievement for Tipperary and the management team of Mick Ryan, Michael Ferncombe, Eamonn O’Dwyer and Sean O’Meara who had to build a totally new team for this year as all those who played in last year’s final were ineligible for the 2013 championship.
Well done to all concerned with this excellent victory as it’s not often a team can come home from the lion’s den in Nowlan Park and come away with a win.
He guided Tipperary to historic back to back intermediate hurling titles in a year when Tipperary found it difficult to secure silverware.With the county seniors,U/21’s and minors failing to bring home the silverward Mick Ryan’s march down to Nowlan Park to take on Kilkenny and leave with the Kilkenny stadium with an All-Ireland title was certainly one of the sporting highlights of the year for Tipperary GAA supporters.
“It was tight and tense.You don’t come down here and be left walk away with a trophy.To come down to Nowlan Park and come home with an All-Ireland title is a great lift for the county,” he said.
As a player he won two All-Ireland junior hurling titles and now as a manager in a three year spell has landed two intermediate All-Ireland titles.
Michael Ryan received the Fethard Butler’s Bar Sports Achievement Award for July following Tipp’s one point win over Cork in the Munster Intermediate final.