Killenaule’s Kieran Bergin has withdrawn from the Tipperary senior hurling panel

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Killenaule’s Kieran Bergin has withdrawn from the Tipperary senior hurling panel

Kieran Bergin played sixteen championship games for Tipperary.

Killenaule’s Kieran Bergin, who made his debut against Limerick in 2013 and played sixteen championship games in the blue and gold, has withdrawn from the Tipperary senior hurling panel - Bergin was named in the match day twenty-six for the recent league semi-final and final, but remained an unused substitute for both games.

It is rumoured that work commitments are the basis for the decision of the 31-year-old to initiate his inter-county retirement. No statement, however, has been made by the County Board, the senior hurling management team or the player with specific relation to the matter.

Bergin, an accomplished utility player who could operate in midfield or defence, featured as a second half substitute in the 2016 All-Ireland final and also won Munster Senior Hurling Championship medals in 2015 and 2016.

Kieran Bergin attended Presentation Ballingarry alongside three of his siblings, namely brothers Niall and Cathal and sister Niamh. Incidentally, Kieran is a first cousin of former
Galway footballer Joe Bergin and his brother Niall won an All-Ireland minor medal at wing-forward for Tipperary in 2006 while his uncles, Liam and Jack, captained the Tipperary senior hurlers in 1983 and 1985 respectively.

Jack, of course, was also a selector when Nicky English guided the Premier County to an All- Ireland title in 2001. Another of Kieran’s uncles, Jimmy Leahy, won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling medals in 1980 while also capturing a Munster under-21 hurling medal in 1984.

Alongside James Woodlock, Paddy Stapleton, Darragh Egan, Conor O’Brien and Shane Long, Kieran Bergin won a Munster minor hurling championship in 2003. Kieran featured, once more, on the Tipperary minor team led by manager Vincent McKenna (Borrisokane) in 2004, but after appearing as a substitute in Tipp’s 2005 under-21 Munster final defeat to Cork the Killenaule man elected to pack his bags and head for the United States.

Kieran spent five years living in New York and two in San Francisco - all the while Kieran hurled for Tipperary, New York and the Naomh Pádraig club in San Francisco before returning to Ireland in late 2011.

A more than competent footballer Kieran was invited to join the Tipperary senior football panel and in 2013 featured in a McGrath Cup campaign which culminated in a final defeat suffered at the hands of Kerry.

That spring Kieran Bergin hurled brilliantly in a DIT half-back line which also featured Dublin’s Liam Rushe. Indeed, DIT took some notable scalps before losing out to a star-studded Mary Immaculate College team in the quarter-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup. Bergin’s form was such that he attracted the attention of the Tipperary senior management team and then selector Michael Ryan invited Bergin onto the senior panel.

Kieran Bergin made his senior competitive debut on Sunday, May 5th 2013 at right wing-back in the National Hurling League final against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park. Kieran Bergin then made his championship debut on Sunday, June 9th 2013 at the age of twenty-seven against Limerick.

TIPPERARY HURLING PANEL

Club championship games take place in Tipperary on the week-ending Sunday, April 30th and Sunday, May 7th before Tipperary can focus exclusively on the Munster Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final against Cork on Sunday, May 21st at Semple Stadium, Thurles.

As it stands the thirty-four man Tipperary senior hurling panel is: Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty), Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Joe O'Dwyer (Killenaule), John O'Keeffe (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Séamus Kennedy (St Mary’s Clonmel), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy), Alan Flynn (Kiladangan), John Meagher (Loughmore-Castleiney), Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Michael Breen (Ballina), Dáire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg), Seán Ryan (Seán Treacy’s), Steven O'Brien (Ballina), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Niall O'Meara (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Seán Curran (Mullinahone), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), John O'Dwyer (Killenaule), Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Paul Flynn (Kiladangan) and Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields).