Senior Players 2017

Senior Football Squad Profiles

Brian Fox – Captain for 2017

Club: Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill

DOB: 19/07/1988

Position: Wing forward

Tipperary debut: 2008 McGrath Cup V Cork Institute of Technology

Occupation: Teacher

Honours: National football league division 3 & 4, Munster and All Ireland intermediate hurling championship. County minor and under-21 football, county intermediate hurling, West senior football and three West senior hurling, Fitzgibbon Cup, two All-Ireland vocational schools titles, three county and Munster vocational schools titles.

Hopes for 2017: To get promoted to Division Two of the National Football League and to win the Munster senior football title.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Tomas O Sé and Brian Dooher because of their success, attitude, skill and the positions they play.

Toughest opponent: Sean Kavanagh as he is very strong, good off both feet and has an eye for a score.

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Beating Cork by two points for the first time in 72 years to qualify for the Munster final.

Favourite food: Lamb with roast potatoes

Favourite drink: Rock Shandy

Favourite Film/TV show: Friday Night Lights

Favourite Music: I love all kinds of music

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? Rugby, tennis, American football and basketball

Advice to young players: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, it is how you get better! Always challenge yourself.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football: Black card

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire most? Kobe Bryant

What interests/hobbies do you have outside of GAA? Socialising and farming

Favourite book: The Hunger Games

 

 

Philip Austin

Club: Borrisokane

DOB: 8 December 1986

Position: Forward

Tipperary Debut: 2006 V Kerry

Occupation: Teacher

Honours: Division 3 & 4 league titles, Munster under-21 hurling, one intermediate county club hurling championship, North under-16 C hurling championship, one senior county football championship (Thomas MacDonaghs), north and county junior football championship, two north intermediate football championships, north under-21, minor and under 16 B championships, All-Ireland fresher hurling championship (Waterford Institute of Technology), one all-Ireland vocational schools championship.

Hopes for 2017: To win the Munster championship

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most: George Hannigan. Twelve years an inter-county midfielder with no pace. Hero!

Who has been your toughest opponent? Ciaran (the doc) Mac Donald – he defies logic, he has no hips and he cleans up at training and matches every week when he returns to us in April with no training.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Gardener Park, Borrisokane – where it all began!

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: All Ireland Q-Final v Galway. Spent my career trying to make it to this stage and to win it was a massive boost.

Favourite food: A full Irish

Favourite drink: Lucozade Original

Favourite TV Show/Film: Faulty Towers

Favourite music: Indie

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Sunday league soccer and I support Chelsea

Advice to young players: Hard work beats talent.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Put a limit on hand passing. Way too many and skill of kicking has decreased.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Usain Bolt

What are your interests/hobbies? Golf

Favourite book: Fifty Shades of Grey

 

Liam Boland

Club: Moyle Rovers

DOB: 6 June 1992

Position: Corner forward

Occupation: Social care worker

Honours: South and county minor and Under-21 titles, South senior football, All Ireland senior B colleges title.

Hopes for 2017: To win promotion in the league and have a long championship run.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Bernard Brogan as he is a class player

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Favourite Food: Chicken curry

Favourite drink: Orange juice

Favourite TV Show/Film: The Walking Dead and Pulp Fiction

Favourite music: Anything, whatever is on

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Golf, rugby and soccer and I support Tottenham Hotspur

Advice to young players: Practice with both feet and listen to your manager

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? I wouldn’t change anything!

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Cristiano Ronaldo due to his will to win and be the best.

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? Golf and soccer

Favourite book: The Hobbit

 

 

Luke Boland

Club: Moyle Rovers

DOB: 3 August 1995

Position: Centre back

Tipperary debut: 2017 NFL V Antrim

Occupation: Teacher

Honours: Munster under-21, Munster senior colleges with High School, Clonmel.

Hopes for 2017: To start for Tipperary in the championship and to win a Munster championship and reach an All Ireland semi final.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Robbie Kiely, I’ve learnt a lot from him by the way he plays in training and matches.

Toughest opponent: Michael Burns from Kerry

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Beating Dublin in the All Ireland under-21 semi final

Favourite food: steak and chips

Favourite drink: Milk

Favourite Film/TV show: The Hangover

Favourite Music: 90s hit music

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I enjoy all sports and I follow Arsenal and Munster and Ireland in all codes

Advice to young players: Always keep a good level of aerobic fitness during off season and around Christmas.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football: None

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire most? Nadal

What interests/hobbies do you have outside of GAA? Playing pool

Favourite book:  Mickey Harte’s book

 

Aidan Buckley

Club: St. Patrick’s GAA Club, Drangan and Cloneen

DOB: 26/5/97

Position: Midfield

Occupation: Sales Assistant

Honours: Under-17 Munster football, under-14 South hurling and two junior south hurling championship, schools D Munster football

Hopes for 2017: “To make my championship debut”

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you most and why? “Peter Acheson, he is a fierce competitor and leader on the field”

Who has been your toughest opponent and why? Mark O’ Connor, a serious talent and physically very strong

Favourite Grounds: Fitzgerald Stadium

What has been your most memorable moment playing football for Tipperary? “Being part of the panel that beat Galway in Croke Park was special”

Favourite Food: Steak

Favourite Drink: Protein Milk

Favourite TV Show/Film: Game of Thrones

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? Soccer and rugby

 

David Butler

Club: Knockavilla Doneskeigh Kickhams

DOB: 8 January 1992

Position: wing forward

Occupation: Quality control officer

Honours: Numerous underage hurling and football titles, one junior county football title, one west minor, one Munster under-16 schools medal,

Hopes for 2017: To build on last year’s success.

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most: Gerry Horgan, magic left foot!

Who has been your toughest opponent? Brian Horgan, in my ear on and off the field.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Croke Park

Favourite food: Roast chicken dinner

Favourite drink: Lucozade sport

Favourite TV Show/Film: Home and Away

Favourite music: Country music

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Soccer and I’m a big Rosegreen Rangers and Manchester United fan

Advice to Young Players: Train hard and stay out of the pubs

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Remove the black card

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Conor McGregor for his dedication and self-belief

What are your interests/hobbies? Golf, soccer and a game of cards

Favourite book: Sugra in primary school!

 

 

Alan Campbell

Club: Moyle Rovers

DOB: 9 September 1991

Position: Full back

Tipperary debut: 2012 Munster championship V Kerry

Occupation: Software engineer

Tipperary Debut: 2014 National football league

Hopes for 2017: To win the Munster final and build on the great progress of 2016

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you most? Declan Browne. He thrived despite Tipperary football struggling at the time.

Who has been your toughest opponent: Jamie Clarke

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Playing the All Ireland semi-final against Mayo

Favourite food: Indian

Favourite TV Show/Film: The Wire

Outside of GAA, what sports do you follow:  I enjoy NFL, golf and I support Manchester United in soccer

Advice to young players: Hard work pays off

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football: Get rid of the black card in favour of the sin bin.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, has impressed you? Conor McGregor, his rise to the top has been impressive.

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? I love all sports in general

 

 

Liam Casey

Club: Cahir

DOB: 12 December 1995

Position: Midfield

Tipperary debut: 2015 National Football League V Clare, championship debut Munster championship V Waterford, 2015

Occupation: Student

Honours: One Munster minor and Under-21 championship, Under-21 B South and county, four All Irelands with University College Dublin.

Hopes for 2017: To get to and win the Munster final and then compete in the All Ireland series

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Jimmy Feehan because he has learned how to kick pass!

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Winning the Munster Under-21 title mainly because it was in Semple Stadium in front of a big Tipperary following

Favourite food: Burrito

Favourite TVshow/Film: Peaky Blinders

Favourite music: Anything and everything

Outside of GAA, what sports do you follow? I enjoy soccer, rugby and golf and I’m a huge Manchester United fan.

Advice to young players: Just enjoy it!

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Start the championship earlier.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire and why? Kieran “Shelly” Tobin as he’s a great man to get things done!

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? Farming

Best book you have ever read? Sive by John B Keane

 

Paddy Codd

Club: Killenaule

DOB: 18 July 1988

Position: Full back

Tipperary debut: 2008 V Limerick

Occupation: Teacher

Honours: Division 3 and division 4 league titles

Hopes for 2017: To win promotion to division 2 and to finally win a Munster final.

Toughest opponent: John “Bubbles” O Dwyer, he has everything a defender hates

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Winning the division 4 title in Croke Park

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite Film/TV show: Goldrush

Favourite Music: Anything really

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? Rugby

 Advice to young players: Never give up on your dreams

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football: The pick up

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire most? Rich Froning

What interests/hobbies do you have outside of GAA? Crossfit

Favourite book:  I’ve never read a book!

 

 

Evan Comerford

Club: Kilsheelan Kilcash

DOB: 18/01/1994

Position: Goalkeeper

Tipperary debut: 2015 Munster senior champions V Waterford

Occupation: General operator with Bulmers

Honours: Munster and All Ireland minor football 2011, Munster minor 2012, Munster under-21 2015, South and county under-12, under-14, under-16, minor, junior and senior, under-18 All Ireland schools.

Hopes for 2017: To win the Munster final and play in Croke Park in August.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you and why? Brian Fenton because he was called into the Dublin panel in 2015 and has become one of, if not the best player in the country.

Toughest opponent: Brian Geaney, when he gets an eye for goal he rarely misses.

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing for Tipperary? The All Ireland minor final of 2011, beating Dublin in Croke Park and 30 to 40 thousand Dublin fans is hard to top.

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite drink: Mooju

Favourite film/TV show: Only Fools and Horses and Stepbrothers

Favourite music: All kinds but mainly pop music

What sports, outside of GAA do you enjoy? Soccer, I’m a big Manchester United fan. I also like to play pitch and putt as well as golf.

Advice to young players: Practice and believe in your ability.

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? Take away the black card

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Roy Keane, he was a true professional and a leader.

What hobbies/interests do you have outside of GAA? I love to attend music festivals when I can.

Favourite book: Keith Richards, Life

 

 

Willie Connors 

Willie Connors

Club: Kiladangan

DOB: 10 August 1996

Position: Corner and wing back

Tipperary Debut: National Football League V Antrim 2017 in Semple Stadium

Occupation: Student

Honours: Three north senior hurling titles, one under-21 north hurling title, minor north and county titles

Hopes for 2017: Promotion in the league, win a Munster title, make the last four in the All-Ireland series,

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most: Philly McMahon, he is just a hardy character and rarely gets bet.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: 2013 beating Cork in Semple Stadium was one of my best days ever with any team. We had an incredible bond.

Favourite food: Chicken stir fry

Favourite drink: Milk

Favourite TV Show/Film: Grey’s Anatomy and Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite music: All

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? The rugby sevens world series.

Advice to young players: Enjoy meeting all the lads for matches and training no matter what, win or lose, but if you work hard and have the chance of winning with your friends do it !!! There’s no better feeling in the world.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Allow six to eight steps with the ball before you play it.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Dan Carter, cool, calm and a pleasure to watch.

What are your interests/hobbies? Cooking and playing FIFA with the lads

 

 

Martin Dunne

Martin Dunne

Club: Moyle Rovers

DOB: 12 August 1986

Position: Midfield

Tipperary Debut: 2012 senior football championship V Down

Occupation: Account manager

Hopes for 2017: Win the Munster senior football final

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most: Peter Acheson, his competitiveness and all round skills of the game are amazing

Who has been your toughest opponent? Brian Fox, he hates losing

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Beating Cork in the 2016 championship – history was made

Favourite food: Paella

Favourite drink: Coffee

Favourite TV Show/Film: Planet Earth

Favourite music: All types

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? I follow Munster rugby and Canucks in ice-hockey

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Award a mark on the kick outs

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Sonny Bill Williams and Conor McGregor because of how they train and their physical condition

What are your interests/hobbies? I enjoy yoga and hill climbing

Favourite book: Marching Powder by Rusty Young

 

 

Ian Fahey

Club: Clonmel Commercials

DOB: 29 June 1994

Position: Centre forward

Tipperary Debut: 2013 Munster championship V Kerry

Occupation: Fitter

Honours: Two Munster minor football titles, one All-Ireland minor football title, under-21 Munster football, Division 4 league title, South, county and Munster senior club title, county minor south and county,

Hopes for 2017: To win the Munster final

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most: Dublin’s Diarmuid Connelly due to his ability to kick off both legs.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Winning the minor All-Ireland title was very special.

Favourite food: Steak

Favourite drink: Water or Lucozade Sport.

Favourite TV Show/Film: Man on Fire

Favourite music: I’d listen to anything

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Soccer and I’m a big follower of Arsenal.

Advice to young players: Practice everyday, not just at training.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Get rid of the black card.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Paul O Connell due to his leadership on and off the field.

What are your interests/hobbies? Soccer

 

Kevin Fahey

Club: Clonmel Commersials

DOB: 26 July 1995

Position: Centre back

Tipperary debut: V Longford NFL

Occupation: Student

Honours:  Two minor Munster football titles, one under-21 Munster football, one All Ireland minor football, two county senior football, one Munster senior club football, one Munster under-15 A,

Hopes for 2017:  To win promotion

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most?  Lee Keegan. Very good going forward and defending

Toughest opponent: Kerry, they have top players in every position

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Winning the Munster under-21 football final against Cork.

Favourite food: Mexican

Favourite drink: Coke

Favourite Film/TV show: Shutter Island

Favourite Music: House music

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I enjoy soccer and follow Liverpool

Advice to young players:  Eat healthy

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football: Get rid of the black card

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire most? Steven Gerrard, he was some leader on the field

What interests/hobbies do you have outside of GAA? Going to the gym

Favourite book:  Steven Gerrard’s book

 

 

Jimmy Feehan

Jimmy Feehan

Club: Killenaule

DOB: 11/08/1995

Position: Half back

Tipperary debut: 2015 qualifier V Louth in Semple Stadium

Occupation: Student

Honours: Munster minor football (2012), Munster Under-21 football (2015), two South senior hurling (2013, 2015), two South senior football (2012, 2014), South Under-21 A (2015), South Under-21 B (2015), Under-21 B county hurling 2015, Sigerson Cup 2015,

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium, Thurles.

Most memorable moment playing for Tipperary: Winning the Munster Under-21 title in 2015, when we defeated Cork in Semple Stadium

 

Diarmuid Foley

Club: Moyle Rovers

DOB: 30 June 1988

Position: Wing Forward

Occupation: Agricultural Consultant & Farmer

Honours: Two county senior football, three county Under-21 A football, one South Under-21 A hurling

What are your hopes for 2017? Win promotion from division 3 and capture a Munster title

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you most? Diarmuid Connolly

Who has been your toughest opponent? Ciaran McDonald as he is a very tight marker

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Favourite Drink: Lucozade

Favourite Food: Stew

Favourite TV Show/Film: The Guard

Favourite Music: Anything but rap!

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I enjoy soccer and I’m a huge Arsenal fan.

Advice to young players: Keep going!

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? I’d introduce a sin bin rule

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Thierry Henry

What is the best book that you have read? The Jim McGuinness autobiography

 

George Hannigan

Club: Shannon Rovers
DOB: 16/9/1987
Height: 6-1
Weight: 14st
Occupation: Primary school teacher in Nenagh CBS

Position: Midfield
Honours: NFL Promotion Div 4, 2008; NFL Div 3 title 2009; Member Irish Compromise U-17 team. Won series 2005; Trench Cup winner with Mary I in 2008; Harty Cup an All-Ireland College winner with Saint Flannans 2005. George also played a key role in Thomas MacDonagh’s historic win in the senior football championship in 2011 and won divisional honours with them in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He has also won two North Tipperary junior football championships and a north intermediate hurling medal with his club Shannon Rovers.

George made his National Football League debut for Tipperary at midfield against Sligo February 2006. George was the captain of the Tipperary Minor Football team in 2005. George is also an accomplished hurler, winning a Harty Cup medal with St. Flannans at wing-back in 2005. George is from the Shannon Rovers club in North Tipperary and he captained their Junior Football team to win the 2005 North Junior A Football Final against Nenagh Eire Og. George made his championship debut as a substitute against Kerry in the 2006 Munster Senior Football semi-final. His aim for 2017 is very simple: “to improve upon 2016”. He regards Limerick’s John Galvin as his toughest opponent saying that when you have to mark him you are “always in for a tough day”. His favourite ground is Croke Park and he regards Tipperary’s victory over Cork in 2016 as his most memorable day in the Blue and Gold as we “finally overcame a division one side”.

Favourite Food: Chicken

Favourite Drink: Orange Juice

TV Show: Suits

Favourite Sports and Teams Outside of GAA: Soccer and George is a big supporter of Newcastle FC

Advise to young players: Analyse and develop your weaknesses

What Rule Changes Would you make to Gaelic Football: “Black card to be retained”

What sports person, outside of GAA, do you admire and why? Paul O Connell due to his leadership skills

 

Joseph Hennessy

Club: Loughmore Castleiney

DOB: 24 February 1994

Position:  Back

Tipperary debut: 2017, McGrath Cup V Kerry

Occupation: Student

Honours: One senior hurling, three senior football, two under-21 A hurling, one under-21 A football, one minor A hurling, A county finals at all underage grades in hurling and football

Favourite GAA grounds: Leahy Park, Cashel

Favourite food: Bacon and cabbage

Favourite drink: Tea

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I play golf and I support Arsenal and Munster

 

 

Josh Keane

Josuha Keane

Club: Golden Kilfeakle

DOB: 16/7/1996

Position: Centre Forward

Debut: 2016 NFL V Limerick

Occupation: Apprentice

Honours: Munster and All Ireland minor hurling 2013, Under-21 Munster football 2015

Hopes for 2017: “To have another good year and reach another Munster final”

Favourite Grounds: Semple Stadium

What has been your most memorable moment playing football for Tipperary? “The entire 2016 campaign”

Favourite Food: chicken carbonara

Favourite Drink: Milk

Favourite TV show/film: The Hurricane

What music do you like to listen to? “Any bad song Conor Sweeney puts on!”

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? What teams do you follow? “In basketball I follow the Golden State Warriors and in boxing I follow Anthony Joshua”

What advice would you give to young players? “To enjoy every minute playing and you can always get better”

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? “Black card gone and introduce a mark for a clean catch”

What sports person, outside of GAA, do you admire and why? “Paul O Connell and Anthony Joshua because they both have such a will to win”

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? “I love watching nature documentaries”

What is the best book that you have read? “Pirlo’s book is a decent read”

Jack Kennedy

Club: Clonmel Commersials

DOB: 18 May 1997

Position: Midfield

Occupation: Colllege student

Honours: South and county football titles from Under-12 to senior, Munster senior football club, county minor hurling, south hurling from Under-12 to minor, county senior schools championship with Rockwell College,

Favourite GAA Grounds: Croke Park

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Beating Kildare in the minor All Ireland semi-final.

Favourite food: Steak

Favourite TV Show/Film: Friday Night Lights

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? All sports really, I support Manchester United in soccer and would always follow Munster in the rugby

Ciaran Kendrick

 

Ciaran Kenrick

Club: Moyle Rovers

DOB: 22/11/1989

Position: Goalkeeper

Tipperary debut: 2015 Munster quarter final V Waterford

Occupation: Garda

Honours: 2010 Munster under-21 football, two county senior football titles, five South senior football championships, three county under-21 football, three South under-21 football, one South minor

Hopes for 2017: Gain promotion to division 2 and to return to Croke Park in the championship.

Which Gaelic footballer do you admire the most? Diarmuid Connolly, the most skilful player in the game despite the negative attention he receives. He can score off his right or left from any angle.

Toughest Opponent: Paul Geaney, he is very fond of going for goals!

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary? Winning the Munster under-21 football final against Kerry in Tralee. It was the first ever championship won by Tipperary at that grade in football.

Favourite Food: Chicken and mushroom vol-au-vent.

Favourite Drink: Milk

Favourite TV show: The Royle Family

Favourite music: Christy Moore

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I play soccer and golf and I’m a massive Liverpool fan.

Advice to young players: Never stop working on the basic skills of the game.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Allow a clean pick up off the ground and get rid of the black card.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Lionel Messi as he is the best player in the world.

What interests and hobbies have you outside of GAA? I love being on the golf course and I’ve started to swim a little lately.

Favourite book: The Gambler by Oisin McConville

Robbie Kiely

Club: Carbery Rangers (Cork)

Date of Birth: 16/12/1990

Occupation: Software Engineer

Schools/College Attended:  The Abbey CBS / NUI Galway

Position: Centre Back

Weight:  86 kg

Height: 5ft 10 in

Achievements with club to date: Cork SFC 2016

When and where did you first start playing football? Kilmacud Crokes U-6’s in Dublin.

Biggest influence on your football career:  Family

What sporting event would you most like to attend?  Thinking of going to the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019

To date what is your favourite moment in sport?  Playing Galway in Croke Park in the All-Ireland Q-F

Favourite Venue:  Semple Stadium

Favourite G.A.A. player: I would say Ciaran McDonald here on our panel, a pure inspiration to anybody that wants to play football.

What sportsperson would you most like to meet?  Mike Tyson

What is the hardest part of your sporting life?  Keeping a balance with my work and social life.

Toughest player to mark in training?  At the moment it would be Holly.

Who is the ‘joker’ on the panel?  There are a few jokers on the panel Philip Austin can be a bit of craic after a few lucozades

If you won the lotto what would be the first thing you would buy?!  A helicopter or something to get me around the place quicker.

Favourite holiday destination:  Berlin, they know how to enjoy themselves.

Favourite Food: At the moment I like a few doughnuts every now and then.

Favourite Drink: Coffee

Favourite Music: Kendrick Lamar’s new album is on repeat in the car at the minute.

Favourite Film: Not too sure, I would prefer a TV-series at the minute, either House of Cards or Game of Thrones  

In ten years time I hope to be:  Successful and Lucky.

One thing you may not know about me……  When I was about 11 or 12 I ran over my Dad in a motorised go kart and broke his leg. Fair to say I was not allowed drive it again.

 

Jason Lonergan

Club: Clonmel Commercials

DOB: 27 February 1994

Position: Wing forward

Tipperary debut: 2015 NFL V Sligo

Occupation: Student

Honours:  All Ireland minor final, Munster minor final, under-21 Munster final

Hopes for 2017:  To get a lot of game time and to get another great run in the championship

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most?  Declan Browne, he is the only Tipperary footballer to have two All Stars

Toughest opponent: Bill Maher – he never stops running

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary: Winning the minor All Ireland, we were serious under dogs for the game but pulled it out of the bag

Favourite food: Steak

Favourite drink: Chocolate milk

Favourite Film/TV show: Hacksaw Ridge

Favourite Music: Anything really, I’m not picky

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I enjoy snooker and soccer and I follow Manchester United

Advice to young players:  Every player has good and bad days. Keep the head up

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire most? Cristiano Ronaldo as he came from nothing

What interests/hobbies do you have outside of GAA? Snooker and golf

 

Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Club: Kilsheelan Kilcash

DOB: 21/01/1994

Position: wing back

Tipperary senior debut: Munster senior quarter final V Waterford, 2016

Occupation: Student

Honours: Two Munster minor football, one Munster minor hurling, one Munster under-21 football, Munster senior hurling, All Ireland minor hurling and football. South under-16, minor, junior and intermediate titles and county junior title. Senior county, Munster and All Ireland B schools titles.

Hopes for 2017: Improve on last year.

What Gaelic footballer do you admire the most? Conor Sweeney because of his work ethic.

Toughest opponent? Kevin McLoughlin. His movement is excellent and as a result he is very hard to track.

Favourite Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary? Beating Galway in 2016. They were provincial champions and we played to our potential.

Favourite food: chicken curry

Favourite drink: Coke

Favourite TV show/film: Suits or Harry Potter

Favourite Music: Bruce Springsteen, Oasis and The Kooks

Outside of GAA, what sports do you follow? I enjoy rugby and follow Munster.

Advice to young players: Develop your weaknesses and never be content with your game

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Let the players pick the ball directly off the ground.

What sportsperson, outside of Gaelic football, do you admire? Paul O’ Connell. He is a savage competitor but always seems humble and down to earth.

What interests and hobbies have you outside of GAA? Meeting up with friends and playing pool in town.

Favourite book: Roy Keane’s first autobiography.

 

Aidan McGrath

Club: Loughmore Castleiney

DOB: 13 March 1991

Position: Wing Back

Tipperary Debut: McGrath Cup, 2017 V Cork

Occupation: Agricultural Advisor

Honours: All-Ireland under-21 hurling, three county Senior Football, one county under-21 football, one county senior hurling, one county under-21 hurling

Hopes for 2017: Promotion and win the Munster final

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most: Lee Keegan

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Favourite food: Thai food

Favourite drink: Milk

Favourite TV Show/Film: Peaky Blinders

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Golf, rugby and soccer and I support Manchester United.

Advice to Young Players: Train hard and work on your skills

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Rory McIIroy

What are your interests/hobbies? Fishing and reading

Favourite book: Paul McGrathBack From the Brink

 

 

Liam McGrath

Liam McGrath

Club: Loughmore Castleiney

DOB: 22 February 1993

Position: Corner forward

Occupation: Student

Honours: Munster and All Ireland minor football 2011, County senior football 2013, 2014 & 2015, county senior hurling 2013, Fitzgibbon Cup 2014.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing for Tipperary: Winning the minor All Ireland in 2011

 

Alan Moloney

Club: Rockwell Rovers

DOB: 31/3/1990

Position: Midfield

Championship Debut: 2009 Munster championship V Limerick

Occupation: Dealer Development Manager with Bank of Ireland Finance

Honours: 2009 Division 3 Football League & 2010 Under-21 Munster Football Championship, 8 West Intermediate Football Championships, 1 West Intermediate Hurling Championship, 1 West & County Junior Hurling Championship, 5 under-21 West Football Championships, one under-21 County Football Championship

Hopes for 2017: Win promotion from division 3 in the league, win the Munster championship and get back to Croke Park

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you most and why? Diarmuid Connolly – class footballer and gets a lot of attention off the opposition

Toughest Opponent: “Ciaran McDonald – no matter what you do you’d never get the better of him”

Favourite Grounds: Semple Stadium

What has been your most memorable moment playing football for Tipperary? Beating Kerry in the Munster under-21 final in 2010 in Tralee

Favourite Food: Steak & Spuds, Bacon & Cabbage

Favourite Drink: Lucozade

Favourite Film: The Green Mile

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? Rugby and soccer

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? The black card

What sports person, outside of GAA, do you admire and why? Roy Keane – he was a great player

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? Cinema

What player has impressed you most and why: Declan Browne –  was an all round excellent player

 

Emmet Moloney

Club: Drom & Inch

DOB: 13/08/1997

Position: Wing Back

Occupation: Student

Honours: (With Tipperary) Under-14 All Ireland (hurling), Under-15 Munster (hurling), Under 18 Munster (hurling), Under-14 Munster (football), Under-15 Munster (football), Under-17 Munster (football) (With Drom & Inch) Under-14 Mid and County A titles (hurling and football), Under-14 county Féile na nGael, Under-16 Mid A (football), Under-16 Mid and County A (hurling), Under-18 Mid A (hurling), Under-18 Mid and County A (football), intermediate county football, (with school) White Cup and Dean Ryan Cup (both hurling) and Munster senior B football.

Hopes for 2017: Gain promotion to division 2 of the National Football League and to contest the Munster senior football final.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin) as he the most gifted footballer of this era.

Who has been your toughest opponent? Mikey Connors, he never stops running!

Favourite GAA grounds? Semple Stadium

What has been your most memorable moment playing for Tipperary and why? Playing in an All-Ireland final in Croke Park, it was my childhood dream.

Favourite Food: Farmhouse Burger

Favourite Drink: Banana Mooju

Favourite Film: The Shawshank Redemption

Favourite Music: Bastile

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? Rugby (Munster) and soccer (Manchester United)

Advice to young players? Work hard, play hard

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? Get rid of the black card

What sportsperson outside of GAA, do you admire? Conor McGregor because he made himself world champion and started from nothing.

What interests and hobbies have you outside of GAA? Five a side soccer and socialising

What is the best book that you have read? The Blind Side by Michael Lewis

 

Shane O’ Connell

Club: Golden Kilfeakle

DOB: 21/1/1995

Position: Half back and corner back

Championship Debut: 2016 Munster Championship V Cork

Occupation: Draughtsman

Honours: County Junior-A hurling 2015, numerous West underage titles,

Hopes for 2017: “To reach another Munster title and another trip to Croke Park”

Favourite Grounds: Semple Stadium and Golden, both unbelievable pitches

Most Memorable Moment Playing with Tipperary: Beating Cork in the Munster championship in 2016 and then the celebrations following the full time whistle against Galway.

Favourite food: Chicken, stuffing and spuds

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite TV Show/Film: Game of Thrones

Favourite music: Any music bar rock!

Advice to Young Players: Never give up

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? What teams do you follow? Munster in rugby and Leeds in soccer

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? “Get rid of the black card!”

What are your interests/hobbies? Minding Katie takes up most of my time outside of GAA!!

Favourite book: Paul O Connell’s book – some read!

Kevin O Halloran

Club: Portroe

DOB: 6 January 1994

Position: Forward

Tipperary debut: 2015 Munster Championship V Kerry in Semple Stadium

Occupation: Factory worker

Honours: One Munster Under-21 football, one North senior hurling, one North junior football, two North under-21 hurling, two North under-21 football, one North minor hurling, Munster 16 1/2 vocational schools hurling with Nenagh College,

Favourite GAA grounds: Semple Stadium, Thurles

Most memorable moment playing with Tipperary:  Winning the Munster Under-21 in 2015. Just being a part of it was something special.

Favourite food: Pasta and chicken

Favourite drink: Milk

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I like to watch soccer and golf.

Advice to young players: Listen to your mentors and make sure you learn something every night you go to the field.

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football: Get rid of the black card

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire most? Paul O Connell, his leadership and mental strength on the field is second to none

 

Colm O Shaughnessy

Club: Ardfinnan

DOB: 27 December 1996

Position: Corner back

Tipperary debut: 2015 All Ireland qualifiers against Louth in Semple Stadium

Occupation: Student

Honours: Munster Under-21 football, minor B county hurling, minor B South football, Under-21 B South football.

What are your hopes for 2017? To get back to both a Munster final and Croke Park.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Lee Keegan as he sacrifices his own game for the team.

Who has been your toughest opponent? Andy Moran

Favourite GAA Grounds: Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney

Most memorable moment playing for Tipperary: After the All Ireland quarter final against Galway, it was a great feeling to win and we got to enjoy it with friends and family.

Favourite Food: Chicken fajitas

Favourite Drink: Milk

Favourite TV Show/Film: Peaky Blinders

Favourite Music: Anything really

What sports outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Rugby and in particular following Ireland and Munster

Advice to young players: Practice with both feet

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? Have a penalty shootout after extra time rather than a replay

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? CJ Stander

Best book you have ever read? The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

 

 

Paul Shanahan

Club: Upperchurch – Drombane

DOB: 8 May 1995

Position: Midfield

Tipperary Debut: McGrath Cup, 2015 V Cork

Occupation: Student

Honours: Munster under-21 football 2015, under-21 and minor B football county final, under-21 B hurling county final. Various under-12, under-14 and under-16 county finals, Rice Cup 2007, 2008. Croke Cup 2008, 2009. White Cup 2008.

Hopes for 2017: Win the Munster final

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Favourite food: Chicken curry

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite TV Show/Film: Suits

Favourite music: All types

What sports, outside of GAA, do you enjoy? Soccer and rugby and I support Arsenal and Munster.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Paul O Connell, he is very driven and will do anything to win.

What are your interests/hobbies? I enjoy soccer and socialising

Favourite book: Paul O Connell – The Battle

 

Colm Stapleton

Club: Upperchurch Drombane

DOB: 1 September 1988

Position: Corner forward

Occupation: Electronics factory worker

Honours: Under- 21 B Mid and county hurling, two county senior hurling leagues and Mid and county intermediate football, junior hurling All Ireland with University of Limerick

Hopes for 2017: To win promotion in the National League.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Diarmuid Connolly because he makes the game look so easy.

Favourite food: steak and chips

Favourite drink: Milk

Favourite TV Show/Film: Family Guy

Favourite music: Anything and everything

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? I enjoy soccer and I’m a massive Manchester United fan.

Advice to young players: Learn from your mistakes and always stay positive.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Roy Keane because he always speaks his mind.

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? Woodwork and DIY

Best book you have read? The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

 

Conor Sweeney

Club: Ballyporeen

DOB: 29 March 1990

Position: Corner forward

Tipperary debut: 2010 McGrath Cup V University of Limerick

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher

Honours: Munster Under-21 Football, National League Division 4, county intermediate football, county Junior-A hurling

What are your hopes for 2017? Contest another Munster final

What Gaelic footballer has impressed you most? Conor McManus because he is consistently good.

Who is your toughest opponent? James Loughray as he is a very tight marker.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Croke Park and Semple Stadium

Favourite Food: Chicken or steak

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite TV show/Film? A League of Their Own and Friends

Outside of GAA, what sports do you enjoy? Munster and Irish rugby and I follow Manchester United in soccer.

Advice to young players: Do whatever you can to stay injury free!

What changes, if any, would you make to the rules of Gaelic football? Improve the black card situation.

What sports person, outside of GAA, do you admire and why? Jonathan Sexton. I don’t like him but I admire him. He does what it takes to be the best.

What interests/hobbies have you outside of GAA? Cinema, socialising and watching television.

What is the best book that you have read? I haven’t read a book since my Leaving Certificate.

Liam Treacy

Club: Loughmore Castleiney

DOB: 16 December 1992

Position: Centre forward/midfield

Occupation: Primary school teacher

Honours: Under-12, Under-16, Under-18, Uunder-21 A hurling county championships. Under-12, Under-16, Under-21 A football county championships. One county senior hurling championship, three county senior football championships. Ryan Cup – division 2 hurling championship for third level colleges. (NUIM), secondary school: Under-15, Under-17 county hurling titles. Under-15, Under-16 1/2 Munster hurling titles, Under-15, Under-18 1/2 county football titles

Hopes for 2017: Play as many league games as I can and for the team to gain promotion from division 3. Make my senior championship debut, beat Cork and win a Munster championship.

Which Gaelic footballer has impressed you the most? Michael Quinlivan for what he has achieved.

Favourite GAA Grounds: Semple Stadium

Most memorable moment playing for Tipperary: Beating Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh as a minor in 2009

Favourite food: Chicken Korma

Favourite drink: Coke Cola

Favourite TV show/film? Tough choice but I’ll go for The Dark Knight

Favourite music: I like just about everything including Ed Sheeran, Gavin James, The Coronas, Coldplay, UB40, Westlife….

Outside of GAA, what sports do you follow? I enjoy golf and I’m a big Munster rugby and Manchester United fan.

Advice to young players: Practice as much as possible, listen to your coaches and do what they tell you!

What changes, if any, would you make to Gaelic football? I’d have no black card as it is not being used correctly.

What sportsperson, outside of GAA, do you admire? Roy Keane, I’ve always admired him from a young age.

What are your interests and hobbies? Watching films, reading the odd book and playing golf when I can.

Best book: I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes