Premier County profiles

Eoin Kelly (captain, Mullinahone)

Eoin Kelly (captain, Mullinahone)

Age: 29. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 13st 12lbs.

Occupation: Finance Rep, Bank of Ireland Finance.

Championship debut: 2000 v Galway.

Appearances: 53. Scored: 21-348.

Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

Age: 26. Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 14st.

Occupation: Sales Rep.

Championship debut: 2005 v Limerick (replay).

Appearances: 32. Scored: 0-6.

Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age: 23. Height: 6ft. Weight: 13st.

Occupation: Apprentice Carpenter.

Championship debut: 2007 v Limerick (first drawn game)

Appearances: 13. Scored: 0-6.

Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

Age: 22. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 12st.

Occupation: Student, UCC.

Championship debut: 2011 v Waterford.

Appearances: 2. Scored: 0-1.

Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age: 22. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 12st.

Occupation: Student, UCC.

Championship debut: 2010 v Cork.

Appearances: 10.

Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)

Age: 22. Height: 6ft 3in. Weight: 13st 11lbs.

Occupation: Student, LIT.

Championship debut: 2008 v Cork.

Appearances: 18. Scored: 8-33.

John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy)

Age: 22. Height: 6ft. Weight: 13st 7lbs.

Occupation: Primary School Teacher.

Championship debut: 2011 v Clare.

Appearances: 1.

Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age: 30. Height: 6ft 2in. Weight: 13st 3lbs.

Occupation: Electrician & Publican.

Championship debut: 2001 v Clare.

Appearances: 47. Scored: 26-67.

Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon Grange)

Age: 35. Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 15st.

Occupation: Financial Planning Consultant, AIB.

Championship debut: 1995 v Waterford.

Appearances: 66 (hurling championship record). Scored: 0-1.

Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

Age: 29. Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 13st 11lbs.

Occupation: Primary School Teacher.

Championship debut: 2002 v Offaly.

Appearances: 37.

Benny Dunne (Toomevara)

Age: 30. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 12st 9lbs.

Occupation: Sales Rep, Britvic Ireland.

Championship debut: 2002 v Clare.

Appearances: 38. Scored: 5-30.

Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

Age: 30. Height 6ft 2in. Weight: 15st 5lbs.

Occupation: Financial Adviser, Canada Life.

Championship debut: 2009 v Cork.

Appearances: 2.

Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age: 23. Height: 5ft 8in. Weight: 11st 9lbs.

Occupation: Accountant.

Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Age: 21. Height: 6ft 2in. Weight: 14st 12lbs.

Occupation: Student, NUIG.

Championship debut: 2010 v Cork.

Appearances: 4. Scored: 0-1.

Pat Kerwick (Killenaule)

Age: 29. Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 12st 6lbs.

Occupation: Bricklayer.

Championship debut: 2008 v Cork.

Appearances: 8. Scored: 1-10.

Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age: 25. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 12st 7lbs.

Occupation: Barman

Championship debut: 2011 v Clare.

Appearances: 1.

Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

Age: 22. Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 12st 11lbs.

Occupation Primary School Teacher.

Championship debut: 2009 v Cork.

Appearances: 13. Scored: 0-7.

Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

Age: 22. Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 14st 11lbs.

Occupation: Student.

Championship debut: 2009 v Cork.

Appearances: 15. Scored: 0-4.

Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

Age: 21. Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 12st 8lbs.

Occupation: Leisure Centre employee.

Championship debut: 2010 v Wexford.

Appearances: 9. Scored: 1-3.

Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Age: 20. Height: 6ft. Weight: 13st 11lbs.

Occupation: Student, UCD.

Championship debut: 2009 v Cork.

Appearances: 15. Scored: 2-41.

Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

Age: 26. Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 12st 9lbs.

Occupation: Primary School Teacher.

Championship debut: 2006 v Limerick.

Appearances: 28. Scored: 0-20.

Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg)

Age: 21. Height: 6ft 2in. Weight: 13st 13lbs.

Occupation: Student, UL.

John O’Brien (Toomevara)

Age: 29. Height: 6ft 2in. Weight: 13st 7lbs.

Occupation: Sales Rep.

Championship debut: 2001 v Limerick.

Appearances: 26. Scored: 2-35.

John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

Age: 22. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 12st 8lbs.

Occupation: Student, LIT.

Championship debut: 2011 v Cork.

Appearances: 4.

Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

Age: 21. Height: 6ft 2in. Weight: 15st 2lbs.

Occupation: Student, WIT.

Championship debut: 2010 v Cork.

Appearances: 3.

John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore)

Age: 21. Height: 5ft 7in. Weight: 12st 8lbs.

Occupation: Student.

Championship debut: 2011 v Dublin.

Appearances: 1.

Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

Age: 23. Height: 5ft 9in. Weight: 12st 12lbs.

Occupation: Plumber.

Championship debut: 2009 v Cork.

Appearances: 12. Scored: 1-15.

Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

Age: 26. Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 12st 2lbs.

Occupation: Student UL.

Championship debut: 2008 v Waterford.

Appearances: 15.

Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

Age: 23. Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 13st 7lbs.

Occupation: Office administrator.

Championship debut: 2007 v Limerick (first replay).

Appearances: 4.

James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)

Age: 25. Height: 5ft 10in Weight: 12st 6lbs.

Occupation: Garda.

Championship debut: 2007 v Limerick (first drawn game)

Appearances: 13. Scored: 0-6.

David Young (Toomevara)

Age: 26. Height: 6ft. Weight: 14st 5lbs.

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher.

Championship debut: 2010 v Wexford.

Appearances: 6. Scored: 0-4.

Management profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary senior hurling team.

Declan Ryan was manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team which won the All-Ireland title in 2007, with Dunne as coach and Gleeson a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary under-21 team which won last year’s All-Ireland title. He was also manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.

Declan Ryan won three All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001 - one of a select group of hurlers to win All-Irelands in three different decades. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, four draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under-21 levels, captaining the under-21s to Munster and All-Ireland titles in 1989. He also won four National Hurling League medals, five Munster senior hurling championship medals, two All-Star awards and two county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.

Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to the All-Ireland senior hurling title in 2001, the same season he won the Hurler of the Year award. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, four draws and 16 defeats. He won an All-Ireland under-21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won ten Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club Toomevara, including two as captain, and three Munster senior club championship medals. He also won three National Hurling League medals, two as captain, two Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and three All-Star awards.

Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for ten years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and three Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.

Trainer Dr Cian O’Neill hails from the Moorefield Club in Kildare. A lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL), he is in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training and coaching club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers and Kildare minor footballers.