Thursday 8 December 2016

Watch: 'It represents who we are' - Tipperary fans honour local patron with massive singsong on Dublin street before All-Ireland final

Catherine Devine and Mark McConville

Published 04/09/2016 | 13:35

Hundreds of Tipperary fans gathered on Talbot Street today to pay respects to local patron, Sean Treacy, ahead of the All-Ireland Hurling final today at Croke Park.

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Local Tipperary man, 'Paddy' sang a spine-tingling version of ‘Tipperary Far Away’ as the fans got ready to watch the hurling final.

“We’re celebrating the death of Sean Treacy here today as this is the site where he died in 1922. This is a regular event when Tipperary gets to the All-Ireland final. People gather together and sing the ballad of Sean Treacy, a decade of the rosary and the National Anthem,” said Tipperary man John Malachy who led a rendition of the National Anthem on the bag pipes.

“I first came here in 1991. I don’t think it makes a difference to the game but it makes a difference to the supporters. I think we’ve a good shot at winning today. We like being the underdogs, we’ve been the underdogs before,” he said.

Talbot Street was lined with blue and gold, and a few bewildered Kilkenny fans, as the supporters sang and chanted ahead of the game.

Tipperary fan Simon said “it has to be Tipp’s year”.

“It’s a great tradition, we come here every Sunday morning Tipperary are in the final to remember Sean Treacy, one of our own. My father used to tell great stories of coming here in the 30s and 40s. It’s going to be a great game, the two best hurling teams in the country. It has to be our year!"

“We’ve been coming here every year since 1924 to recall Sean Treacy who was killed here by British forces. Sean Treacy was one of our greatest patrons. Hopefully we will have a great result,” said Joe O’Shea.

Danny Morrissey said the tradition shows the hearts of the Tipperary people.

“I don’t think it makes a difference on the game but it represents us and where we come from. I’m quietly confident we’re going to win. Tipperary is better equipped to play in the game and maybe Kilkenny aren’t the force that they used to be without JJ Delaney and Henry Shefflin,” he said.

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