Roscrea team that won the 1971 All Ireland Senior Club Hurling title was honoured at FBD Semple Stadium on Sunday. Back row: Aidan Spooner, Michael Shanahan, Francis Loughnane, Mick Minogue, Donie Moloney (captain), Tadhg O’Connor, Patsy Rowland, Brendan Maher, Michael Hogan (rep. his father Mick Hogan), Tadgh Murphy, Eamonn Cunningham (rep. his brother Joe). Front ROW: Kevin Loughnane (rep. his late father Harry Loughnane), Willie Stapleton, Thomas Hannon (rep. his late father Jackie Hannon), Noel ‘Barney’ Hogan, Jody Spooner, Liam Spooner, Paul Brussels (rep. his late father Liam Brussels), Michael Nolan, Joe Tynan, Nancy Carey (rep. her late husband Kieran Carey), Shane Dynan (rep. his late father Pat Dynan). Photos: Bridget Delaney

Heroes of 1971 honoured

By Shane Brophy

Members of the 1971 Tipperary All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and Roscrea All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship winning teams were honoured by Tipperary County Board at FBD Semple Stadium on Sunday.

It was an event delayed by a year because due to Covid restrictions in 2021 as both teams’ golden jubilee of their All-Ireland successes were celebrated.

Seventeen of the surviving Tipperary panel were present, including captain Tadhg O’Connor who along with Francis Loughnane were honoured on the double as they were also members of the Roscrea team who were the first winner of the All-Ireland Club title.

Both teams were presented to the crowd prior to the County Senior Hurling Championship preliminary quarter final between JK Brackens and Nenagh Eire Og, following which there was a special function in the Dome, with special guest former RTE GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh.

Tipperary panel 1971: Peter O’Sullivan (Cashel King Cormacs); Liam King (Lorrha), John Kelly (Cappawhite), John Gleeson (Moneygall); Tadhg O’Connor (Roscrea), Mick Roche (Carrick Davins), Len Gaynor (Kilruane MacDonaghs); Seamus Hogan (Kiladangan), PJ Ryan (Carrick Davins); Francis Loughnane (Roscrea), Noel O’Dwyer (Borris-Ileigh), Dinny Ryan (Sean Treacys); John Flanagan (Moycarkey/Borris), Roger Ryan (Toomevara), Michael Keating (Ballybacon/Grange), John O’Donoghue (Arravale Rovers), Noel Lane (Lorrha), Jack Ryan (Moneygall), Paul Byrne (Thurles Sarsfields), Jimmy Doyle (Thurles Sarsfields), Michael Jones (Newport), Jim Fogarty (Moyne-Templetuohy).

Roscrea panel 1971: Tadhg Murphy, Mick Hogan, Kieran Carey, Brendan Maher, Patsy Rowland, Tadhg O’Connor, Jimmy Crampton, Donie Moloney, Mick Minogue, Francis Loughnane, Jackie Hannon, Joe Cunningham, Joe Tynan, Mickey Nolan, Willie Stapleton, Liam Brussels, Liam Spooner, Jody Spooner, Jackie Shanahan, Barney Hogan, Frank Dooley, Aidan Spooner, Pat Dynan, Harry Loughnane, Josie Fitzgerald, Tom Tynan, Paddy Landy.