Former Tipperary hurling great Nicky English will join with the surviving All-Ireland senior hurling winning captains from The Premier County for the launch of ‘Captains of the Premier Ship’ on Saturday evening next in St Patrick’s College at 8:00pm.
The book, a 320 page account of the life and times of the twenty one captains who led Tipperary to All-Ireland glory since 1887, has been penned by Tipperary Star journalist Noel Dundon and designed and laid out by former Tipp Star production manager Brendan O’Connor, who is well known for working in this field having undertaken similar work on numerous publications.
There are insightful interview with the surviving captains as they speak about each other and the impact they had on the careers of their team mates. And, there are also interviews re-printed as part of the story, with some of those captains now gone to their eternal reward, including John Maher, John Joe Callanan, Jim Lanigan, Pat Stakelum and Sean Kenny to mention just a few.
In the book, the captain of the 2010 winning team Eoin Kelly - our last captain, for now - reveals how he took many notes of how Tommy Dunne led The Premier County and to glory in 2001 and tried to follow his example in as many ways as possible.
Kelly speaks frankly about his time as a young hurler in the Tipp sqaud and reveals that Tommy Dunne was constantly driving the players forward, encouraging them and leading by example on the field of play.
Dunne received the Man of the Match Award for the All-Ireland Final in 2001 and Kelly rated his point on the run, off his left, in the final - the first score of the game - as being inspirational. ‘That point had a really calming affect on us all and it was just typical Tommy Dunne,” Kelly says.
An open invitation is extended to all to come along to the launch. Profits from the book go to the AWARE mental health charity. See you there.