The South Tipperary Sean Gaels who are to be honoured by the County Board at the Dome on Sunday arer:
Micheal O’Meara (Commercials)
A native of Clonmel, Micheal O’Meara played football with Clonmel Commercials and Tipperary, as well as a little hurling with St. Marys. He was secretary of South Tipperary Bord na nÓg from 1966 to 1970 and a year later succeeded Jerry O’Keeffe as secretary of the South Board, a position he held until 2000. He was honoured with the presiudency of the board at the 2007 annual convention. He has been writing on G.A.A. matters since 1960 and he edited the commemorative booklet, Bloody Sunday 1920-1995, which was published by the South Board. His magnus opus was undoubtedly South Tipperary G.A.A. 1907 – 2007, published in the centerary year of the board.
As well as writing about the G.A.A. Micheal has been a regular broadcaster on G.A.A. matters on Tipp FM. One of the founder members of the Sean Gael Awards, he served as secretary of the committee for the first ten years, 2003-2012.
Pete Savage (Ardfinnan)
Pete Savage was a key player in the great Ardfinnan football team of the 1960s, which won three South and county senior football championships in a row in 1962, 1963 and 1964. Though small in stature he was a skillful player with a keen football brain and a streak ofdevilment that frequently caused havoc among opposing defenders. He made a brief appearance with the county in junior and senior football in 1965 and spent a much longer period as a county selector in minor, under-21, junior and senior football over the yeras 1980-1991. A long time South Board delegate, he served on the divisional appeals committee, the fixtures committee and as a referee. Always a trenchant football advocate he was vice-chairman of the county football board from 1986 to 2005 and, in that year succeeded Mick Frawley as chairman. He is currently chairman of the Friends of Tipperary Football.
Paddy Doherty ( Carrick-on-Suir Handball )
Paddy’s connection to Carrick -on-Suir Handball Club goes back to 1970 when the club was first established.He is one of the founder members of the handball club.He was there for the first turning of the sod and along with other members of the club constantly fundraised and was involved in building the club .He became Treasurer of the club in the 70’s and was treasurer for 40 years .Paddy is always miticulious in his role and takes great pride in his job. Inbetween all his duties in the club Paddy still found time for playing ,promoting and supporting handball . He has given outstanding service to the club asTreasurer and present day is Chairman of the club and is still active in fundraising for the club. Paddy is an outstanding and popular clubman and gives his time unselfishly to the club and all members.
Tommy O’Sullivan (Mullinahone)
In 1956 as a fourteen year old boy, Tommy Sullivan lined out with C J Kickhams in the Tipperary under-15 football final. His side won by 6-6 to nil but the team never received medals as one or two of the lads were overage. Tommy went on to play hurling and especially football for the next two decades. His greatest moment was to be corner back on the Mullinahone team which won the 1973 county junior title. Having seen his club safely back to senior football ranks Tommy retired some years later.
A feature of that team was the number of able administrators that it provided Mullinahone with over the next thirty years .Tommy Sullivan was one of these .He served as treasurer of the club and also as chairman and is still today county draw coordinator. Tommy did nearly all his hard work within the club in the background and out of the limelight. He married Maura Cahill of Kilsheelan and the Sullivan family home became a nerve centre of the club. Tommy and Maura especially have always been the most loyal of supporters at both adult and juvenile not to mention Tipperary’s games over the years.
William Lonergan (Carrick Swan)
William Lonergan has been a wonderful servant to Carrick Swan GAA Club and has given a lifetime of service to the club. He came to the fore as a no nonsense defender, who won a minor All Ireland hurling medal in 1959 and followed up with an intermediate All-Ireland hurling medal in 1966. He also won three divisional senior hurling medals. The first was in 1959 and he was captain in 1974, when he won his second and he won his thir in 1978 at the age of 38 years. When the time came to hang up his boots William involved himself as a selector for many years and later as a very capable administrator. It was largely his work that ensured that the Swan Indoor Training Center was completed in 2001. William is now Vice-President of Carrick Swan and a man whose wise counsel is often sought.
John English (Ballybacon Grange)
John English has been involved in the Ballybacon Club since the early 1950s as a player, selector and club officer. He was an exceptionally fine hurler and excelled on the playing fields in his customary position of centre half back. He was captain of the team which won the first ever under- 21 hurling championship played in South Tipperary in 1961. He followed up with the first junior hurling championship title a year later. Having won the intermediate championship in 1966 the club went senior and made history with the first senior title in 1968.
After his playing days were over John became involved in juvenile coaching and more success followed. John became treasurer of the club in 1980 and continued in that role for 26 years. He was in charge of fund raising and organising finance for the new Field Development which began in 1995 and he continues to look after the field to this day. John served his county as an under 16 selector over the years and is a proud and dedicated Tipperary Supporter. John loves to enjoy celebrations after winning matches and will gladly join in a sing song with players and supporters.
Michael Prendergast (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
Michael Prendergast grew up on the family farm in the small townsland of Ballinaraha just a short distance down the road on the Carrick side of the village of Kilsheelan. His family were deeply immersed in the G.A.A and together with his brothers Jimmy and Eddie they played a significant role over the years in organising and developing the club into a vibrant and thriving unit of the Association. Kilsheelan Kilcash were a predominantly football club in the early years but Michael Prendergast is credited with playing a major role in promoting and reviving hurling in the club. An outstanding hurler himself he featured at midfield and centreback on Kilsheelan Kilcash teams of the late forties and fifties. While the club fielded some great teams with outstanding players during this era they did not enjoy the success they deserved. Nevertheless the seed was sown by Michael Prendergast and his teammates of that time and the game has grown and flourished in the club ever since.
Sean Fitzpatrick (Newcastle)