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'His is the torch they carried; his is the badge they wore with pride' - Tipp's glowing tribute

Premier county board thank Eamon O’Shea at the end of his three-year term.

O'Shea, left, was consoled by Anthony Cunningham after Sunday's one-point loss.
O'Shea, left, was consoled by Anthony Cunningham after Sunday's one-point loss.

TIPPERARY HAILED EAMON O’Shea as a “truly inspirational and passionate manager” in an emotional tribute.

O’Shea’s three-year term ended on Sunday following the All-Ireland semi-final loss to Galway, with Michael Ryan already ratified to succeed him.

He described it as a ‘footnote’ in the bigger picture of Tipp’s heartbreaking defeat.

But in a statement on Tuesday, the Premier county board said instead that his time at the helm was “the foundation, the platform, the genesis of things to come.”

Here’s the Tipp statement in full:

Already planned and known in advance all was missing was the date, a truly inspirational and passionate Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea, led his side into combat one last time in Croke Park on Sunday last.

It is with a huge amount of gratitude and thanks Tipperary Co. Board mark and acknowledges the contribution of Eamon O’Shea, a Tipperary man through and through who never wanted more than to see Tipperary be successful. He leaves behind a solid structure, a fabulous group of players who held Eamon in such high esteem. His is the torch they carried; his is the badge they wore with pride. Eamon’s belief in his players was and is unequivocal and also resilient in his belief that they will succeed when he is gone.

Giving up a tremendous amount of his time to Tipperary, Tipperary Co. Board is indebted to the contribution Eamon O’Shea has given in his term as manager. The Board also thanks Eamon’s family who played their part in Eamon’s voyage and shared in his highs and some lows too.

For your energy, passion, dedication, honesty and integrity on behalf of all Tipperary players, supporters and officials alike, we extend every best wish and more to Eamon O’Shea and his family now and for the future.

You are more than a “footnote” you are the foundation, the platform, the genesis of things to come. The future is bright, the future is Blue and Gold because of your contribution and for that the players salute you; we salute you, farewell and thanks.

Tipperary Co. Board Chairman, Michael Bourke said: “Eamon O’Shea’s contribution to Tipperary is immense. I have witnessed at first hand that the only thing on his mind was getting Tipperary hurling to the pinnacle of All Ireland success and keeping it there, which was his total ambition. Eamon is a man of huge belief in his ideals and in those around him and whose determination and approach was unquestionable in trying to get there. I wish to thank Eamon and his family most sincerely for his contribution to Tipperary. He gave his all unfailingly and I really appreciate it.”

‘It was a bad ending for us, collectively I would have been disappointed’

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