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Shane McGrath Picks His Tipperary Team Of The Last 30 Years

Shane McGrath Picks His Tipperary Team Of The Last 30 Years

15 for 30 is a weekly GAA series where we ask the public to vote for the best teams from different counties from 1990 until 2019. We will be alternating between hurling and football each week. The votes will be tallied over the course of the week revealing the county's top XV, as voted by you. With the new poll launching every Monday, 15 for 30 also features a podcast with a personality from within the county in question to give their best 15 and their thinking behind the selection.

So far, we've picked the Waterford hurling team and the best Donegal and Meath football teams. It's time for our fourth installment and we're back with hurling, focusing on Tipperary players from the last 30 years. Tipperary are the most successful team we've tackled so far, winning five All-Irelands between 1991 and 2019 and a total of 75 All Stars during that period.

This week, we spoke to former Tipperary midfielder, All-Ireland winner and two-time Al-Star Shane McGrath about his selection.

McGrath played for Tipp from 2006 until 2015, and was a key member of the 2010 All-Ireland winning team, and the Tipp team that rivalled Kilkenny for four years at the corner of the last decade, winning four Munster titles in five years and playing in four All-Ireland finals in six years.

That's just one of the great teams that voters will have to choose from in their Tipperary 15 for 30 though, with further All-Ireland wins in 1991, 2001, 2016 and last year.

Shane's selection reflects the vast talent that has come out of the county over the entire span of the 30 year criteria we've laid out for this series.

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Shane McGrath's 15 for 30:

1. Brendan Cummins

Goalkeeper - 1993 - 2013

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2001, 2010

Munster Championship: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

National League: 1994, 1999, 2001, 2008

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 1995

All-Stars: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2010

What Shane said:

"Brendan's career speaks for itself. Five All Stars, two All-Irelands, he made 73 appearances for Tipp. It's the highest ever for Tipp. He also has nine puck fádas, which is a phenomenal achievement. It's the discipline of the guy."

 

2. Cathal Barrett

15 for 30 Cornerback - 2014 - present

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2016, 2019

Munster Championship: 2015, 2016

Young Hurler of the Year: 2014

All-Stars: 2016, 2019

What Shane said:

"Confidence is something he doesn't lack but I love guys with confidence when they back it up on the pitch. Cathal did that from day dot when he came in. He's only 27, he's got two All-Irelands, two All Stars and Young Hurler of the Year. He's a phenomenal talent, he trains phenomenally hard."

 

3. Paul Curran

Fullback - 2001 - 2015

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2001, 2010

Munster Championship: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

National League: 2008

All-Stars: 2010, 2011

 

4. Mickey Cahill

Cornerback - 2009 - present

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2010, 2016

Munster Championship: 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 2010

All-Ireland Minor Championship: 2006, 2007

All-Stars: 2011

 

5. Brendan Maher

15 for 30 Wingback - 2009 - present 

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2010, 2016, 2019

Munster Championship: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 2010

All-Ireland Minor Championship: 2006, 2007

Young Hurler of the Year: 2010

All-Stars: 2010, 2014, 2019

What Shane said:

"He's Mr. Versatile, he can do at anything. They call him the 'King' in Borris because he's just brilliant at everything. Music, Irish dancing, anything. I was lucky to play midfield with him. Three All-Irelands, three All Stars, Young Hurler of the Year. He was probably Hurler and Young Hurler of the Year."

 

6. Conor O'Mahony

Centreback - 2005 - 2015

Honours:

all-Ireland Championship: 2010

Munster Championship: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015

National League: 2008

All-Stars: 2008, 2009

 

7. Padraic Maher

15 for 30 Wingback - 2005 - 2015

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2010, 2016, 2019

Munster Championship: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 2010

All-Ireland Minor Championship: 2006, 2007

All-Stars: 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

 

8. Tommy Dunne

Midfield - 1993 - 2005

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2001

Munster Championship: 1993, 2001

National League: 1994, 1999, 2001

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 1995

Hurler of the Year: 2001

All-Stars: 1997, 1999, 2001

All-Ireland Championship: 2001
Munster Championship: 1993, 2001
National League: 1994, 1999, 2001
All-Ireland Under 21 Championship: 1995
Hurler of the Year: 2001
All-Stars: 1997, 1999, 2001

What Shane said:

"One of the greatest midfielders in the game. Delighted to see he made the Sunday Game team there recently. Tommy is unbelievable. His ability to flick a ball over the bar from 65 just goes down to pure natural talent. His natural ability was unbelievable. A leader amongst men, really, in 2001. And for his club as well: he has ten county titles with Toomevara.

Tommy was the type of player, I think, who might do very well in the modern game because of his physique and the way he moved. He was starting off in 93, 94, when hurling was different. It was more about the physicality and not more about the tactical side of things. But Tommy has come in now [as coach] and tactically he is so aware."

 

9. Noel McGrath

15 for 30 Midfield - 2009 - present

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2010, 2016, 2019

Munster Championship: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 2010

All-Ireland Minor Championship: 2006, 2007

Young Hurler of the Year: 2009

All-Stars: 2009, 2010, 2019

 

10. Michael Cleary

Wing forward/corner forward - 1988 - 1997

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 1989, 1991

Munster Championship: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993

National League: 1994

All-Stars: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

 

11. Lar Corbett

Centre forward/wing forward/corner forward - 2001 - 2015

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2001, 2010

Munster Championship: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015

National League: 2001, 2008

Hurler of the Year: 2010

All-Stars: 2009, 2010, 2011

 

12. John Leahy

Wing forward/midfield - 1988 - 2003

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 1989, 1991, 2001

Munster Championship: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001

National League: 1988, 1994, 1999, 2001

All-Ireland U21 Championship: 1989

All-Stars: 1991, 1994, 1997

 

13. Eoin Kelly

15 for 30 Corner forward/ full forward - 2000 - 2014

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2001, 2010

Munster Championship: 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

National League: 2001, 2008

Young Hurler of the Year: 2000, 2001

All-Stars: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010

What Shane said:

"He's on every greatest hurling team. When they pick a new team of the millennium, this guy will have to feature. Six All Stars, two All-Irelands. I was on a couple of the teams for a couple of years and we weren't winning anything. But Eoin was still winning All Stars. Form is temporary, class is forever and that's what Eoin Kelly is for me."

 

14. Seamus Callanan

Full forward - 2008 - present

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 2010, 2016, 2019

Munster Championship: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016

National League: 2008

All-Ireland Minor Championship: 2006

Hurler of the Year: 2019

All-Stars: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019

What Shane said:

"Seamus needs to be mentioned in the same breath as the Eoins, the Nickys, the Pat Foxes of the world. He's won three All-Irelands. He has four All Stars, he won Hurler of the Year. He was nominated four times.

Seamy's probably about 6'4", maybe 6'5". He's a huge guy. He's all there as well. He has the full package for full forward. He has vision, skill, strength. The lads inside ... hated marking him because he could do anything with the ball. He could just take it around you, flick it over your head for no reason but because he could."

 

15. Nicky English

Corner forward - 1982 - 1996

Honours:

All-Ireland Championship: 1989, 1991

Munster Championship: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993

National League: 1988, 1994

All-Ireland U21 Championship:

All-Ireland Minor Championship:

Hurler of the Year: 1989

All-Stars: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987 1988, 1989

 

See Also: 15 For 30: Vote Now For Your Best Tipperary Team Of The Last 30 Years

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