Thursday 27 October 2016

Tipp pay tribute to outgoing Eamon O'Shea's 'energy, passion, dedication, honesty and integrity'

Published 18/08/2015 | 12:17

Eamon O’Shea
Eamon O’Shea

The Tipperary County Board has said it is "indebted" to the contribution of Eamon O'Shea after his term as Premier boss came to an end after defeat to Galway.

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The Munster champions bowed out at the All-Ireland semi-final stage after a one-point defeat to the Tribesmen in a classic encounter at Corke Park.

O'Shea will be succeeded by Michael Ryan and the County Board this morning issued a statement praising the efforts of O'Shea, adding he will be far more than simply a "footnote" in Tipperary GAA.

"It is with a huge amount of gratitude and thanks Tipperary Co. Board mark and acknowledges the contribution of Eamon O’Shea, a Tipperary man through and through who never wanted more than to see Tipperary be successful," the statement read.

"He leaves behind a solid structure, a fabulous group of players who held Eamon in such high esteem. His is the torch they carried; his is the badge they wore with pride. Eamon’s belief in his players was and is unequivocal and also resilient in his belief that they will succeed when he is gone.

"Giving up a tremendous amount of his time to Tipperary, Tipperary Co. Board is indebted to the contribution Eamon O’Shea has given in his term as manager. The Board also thanks Eamon’s family who played their part in Eamon’s voyage and shared in his highs and some lows too.

"For your energy, passion, dedication, honesty and integrity on behalf of all Tipperary players, supporters and officials alike, we extend every best wish and more to Eamon O’Shea and his family now and for the future.

"You are more than a “footnote” you are the foundation, the platform, the genesis of things to come. The future is bright, the future is Blue and Gold because of your contribution and for that the players salute you; we salute you, farewell and thanks."

County Board chairman Michael Bourke echoed those sentiments and singled out O'Shea's determination to bring success to the county as one of his finest traits.

“Eamon O’Shea’s contribution to Tipperary is immense," he said. "I have witnessed at first hand that the only thing on his mind was getting Tipperary hurling to the pinnacle of All Ireland success and keeping it there, which was his total ambition.

"Eamon is a man of huge belief in his ideals and in those around him and whose determination and approach was unquestionable in trying to get there. I wish to thank Eamon and his family most sincerely for his contribution to Tipperary."

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