The age long competitive rivalry that exists between the neighbouring counties of Tipperary and Kilkenny is a friendly and respectful one that the stone throwers and cats thrive on and enjoy.
On Sunday September 4th 2011 both counties contest the All Ireland senior hurling championship final in Croke Park. The occasion will mark the conclusion of the inter county senior hurling national championship of the island of Ireland.
It is a day of immense national significance with the influx of exiled Irish people for the greatest spectacle of our native field games, the senior hurling final.
At noon on Sunday September 4th 2011 County Tipperary folk up for the game, will assemble in Talbot Street, Dublin, where Sean Treacy of Soloheadbeg the renowned Freedom Fighter was fatally wounded in action in the War of Independence by British Crown forces on October 14th 1920. Treacy on his way to Dublin with Sean Hogan in mid September 1920 for a meeting with Michael Collins on the formation of IRA Flying Columns, travelled via Drangan and Mullinahone to Callan where JJ Dunne Commandant 7th Battalion Kilkenny IRA at immense risk to himself drove the two most wanted men in Ireland to Dublin, others who helped the two Tipp men on that occasion were Michael Grace and James Roughan all of Callan region. JJ Dunne after some close encounters with English forces brought Treacy and Hogan in a small 1915 Ford car safely to Dublin.
To celebrate the third meeting in a row of Kilkenny and Tipp in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final, organiser in Chief of the Remembrance Ceremony in Talbot Street, John J Hassett is welcoming Kilkenny supporters up for the game and all other Gaels to come along and salute free of all political influences, those past and present who served and serve our country, our culture and our native games. Johnny Leahy of Boherlahan, Captain of Tipperary hurling team of 1922, with his team before playing Kilkenny in the All Ireland final not played until September 23rd 1923, prayed where Sean Treacy was fatally wounded,
Ever since Tipp people have gather when the Premier County are involved in an All Ireland Senior hurling or football final to remember, to sing a song, play a tune meet old friends and seek a ticket for the game.