Tipperary minor hurling Captain, Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) is bidding to become the fifth Premier County man of the same surname to lead his team to lift the Irish Press Cup in Croke Park on Sunday afternoon next, but the first from his club.
The dual star, who already has an All-Ireland minor football medal in his warchest from the 2011 season, will be hoping to follow in the famed footsteps of his Manager, William Maher (Ballingarry) who captained the Tipp lads to All-Ireland glory in 1996, Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) 2007, Jim Maher 1980 and Con Maher 1934.
Yes, as Tipperary bid for their 19th title in the grade, it is perhaps timely to reflect on the Maher connection when it comes of captaining Tipperary teams. At senior level, Mikey Maher captained Tipp to three titles in 1895, 1896 and 1898 before John Maher followed up with a title in 1945. Interestingly, so far no Maher has captained Tipperary to win the National Hurling League, but the latest Maher to lead his side up the steps is current senior star Padraic who captained Tipperary to win the All-Ireland U-21 title in 2010. See this weeks Tipperary for full interview.