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Paudie Maher caps 3-in-a-row with lovely gesture in memory of Thurles selector

Lt Col Jack Griffin died tragically last year at the age of 47.

Thurles Sarsfields captain Padraic Maher raises the senior trophy with Laragh, Isabelle and Emma Griffin Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

AS THE FINAL whistle blew and Thurles Sarsfields were crowned Tipperary senior hurling champions once again, there was one man very much on Paudie Maher’s mind.

Lieutenant Colonel Jack Griffin was a Sarsfields clubman through and through until his tragic death last November at the age of 47.

As Sars beat Kiladangan to clinch their first county three-in-a-row since the 1960s, they dedicated it to Griffin, who served as both trainer and selector with the team.

Maher brought Griffin’s three young daughters Laragh, Isabelle and Emma up the Semple Stadium steps and rather than lift the Dan Breen Cup himself as captain, asked them to accept it on the team’s behalf from county chairman Michael Bourke.

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