Late Phil Shanahan, Toomevara and Tipperary

News of the passing of one of Tipperary’s finest exponents of the ancient game occasioned great sadness in The Premier County this week, as former Toomevara great, Phil Shanahan was laid to rest in Clonmel, where he has resided for many years.

News of the passing of one of Tipperary’s finest exponents of the ancient game occasioned great sadness in The Premier County this week, as former Toomevara great, Phil Shanahan was laid to rest in Clonmel, where he has resided for many years.

Widely regarded as one of the most effective and talented midfielders to ever grace the game of hurling, Phil Shanahan played for Tipperary for many years having started out as a minor in 1946.

He had come to prominence with his native Toomevara and it wasn’t long until the athletic Greyhound found his way into the Tipperary senior hurling panel where he enjoyed considerable success.

Phil was a member of that great three-in-a-row team of 1949, ‘50 and ‘51, and he also went on to play senior hurling for Dublin in 1954 and 1955.

See this week’s Tipperary Star for more details on the life of Phil Shanahan in an article by Noel Dundon