Loughmore Castleiney supremos Noel and Liam McGrath rubbed shoulders with greatness at the Annerville Awards in Clonmel last Saturday night when five times All-Ireland senior hurling medalist Tony Wall, attended and spoke to the famous cousins.
Wall, who also captained Tipperary to All-Ireland glory in 1958, won eleven county senior hurling championship medals with Thurles Sarsfields and was captain on two occasions -1958 and 1959 - of that all-conquering team. He is regarded as one of the games greatest ever centre backs and was named in the position in the Tipperary team of the Millennium. The former Army Officer, who was born in Clonmel, returned to his place of birth to accept the Knocknagow Award ( Hall of Fame) and received a wonderful reception from the large attendance in The Park Hotel on Saturday evening.
Liam McGrath, who played such a key role in Loughmore Castleiney winning the county senior football title, thereby completing an unprecedented double, won the Gaelic Football Award, while his first cousin Noel, a major player in the clubs march to the senior hurling title, was the recipient of the hurling award.
Both players played on both the hurling and football teams with the club and have also represented Tipperary extensively in botho codes.
The Annerville Awards which will be 50 years in existence in 2015 are regarded as being extremely prestigious and recognise a host of disciplines. Seventeen Awards were presented on the night with twenty one recipients attending. See page 71 for more.