Thursday 23 March 2017

Stapleton calls time on Tipp hurling career

Michael Verney

Paddy Stapleton has called time on his Tipperary hurling career. Photo: Sportsfile
Paddy Stapleton has called time on his Tipperary hurling career. Photo: Sportsfile

Two-time All-Ireland winner Paddy Stapleton has hung up his inter-county boots after ten years with Tipperary's hurlers

The teak-tough Borris-Ileigh corner-back (31) was a vital member of the Premier's 2010 All-Ireland-winning success under Liam Sheedy before a string of injuries impeded his progress somewhat.

Stapleton, nominated for All-Star awards in 2009, 2010 and 2014, bows out at the top of the game having claimed his second Celtic Cross in September, as an unused substitute, after already claiming four Munster senior medals.

In football, Clare stalwart Enda Coughlan has called time on his days in saffron and blue with Banner boss Colm Collins paying a glowing tribute to "a fantastic servant to Clare football".

Collins has received a huge boost ahead of their assault at Division 2 next year, however, with captain Gary Brennan expressing his desire to juggle both inter-county football and club hurling in the New Year, following Ballyea's Munster title win.

Former Mayo football boss James Horan is poised for a return to management - as coach to Galway's Turloughmore in 2017.

Horan (44), who led Mayo to two All-Ireland finals in his four-year stint as football manager, is part of the backroom team being lined up by John Hession and former Galway dual player Barry Cullinane.

Elsewhere, 11-time All-Ireland-winning manager Brian Cody, Irish Independent GAA columnist Cyril Farrell and Offaly great Michael Duignan are part of a stellar cast at Drumcullen GAA Club's 'Kings of September' in the County Arms Hotel, Birr on Saturday at 8.0.

All-Ireland hurling winners Pat Fleury, Daithi Regan, Brian Whelahan and Ken Hogan will also be on hand to offer insight into what it takes to achieve national success on a night for all hurling purists.

Irish Independent

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