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There's a massive GAA autobiography coming from Tipperary very soon

Former Premier County goalkeeper Brendan Cummins is releasing ‘Standing My Ground’ next month.

Brendan Cummins is releasing his autobiography next month.
Brendan Cummins is releasing his autobiography next month.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THIS IS ONE we’re really looking forward to.

Brendan Cummins has, this morning, revealed that his autobiography will be released next month.

The former Tipperary goalkeeper retired from senior intercounty hurling in 2013, having racked up 73 championship games in the blue and gold, an all-time record.

Cummins also made 16 championship appearances for the Premier County’s senior footballers.

Standing My Ground charts the rise of the two-time All-Ireland senior hurling medallist from his home in Ardfinnan to the heights of Croke Park on All-Ireland final Sunday, and all of the major challenges in between.

Throughout the course of a career that spanned three decades, Cummins became renowned for his durability and some miraculous saves, like this one from the 2004 Munster semi-final against Waterford:

Source: hockeyhurlingshinty2/YouTube

Transworld, who are publishing the book, have issued this release:

Brendan Cummins has made more senior hurling championship appearances than any other player in the history of the game. In an era that produced such brilliant goalkeeping talents as Davy Fitzgerald, Donal Óg Cusack and Damien Fitzhenry, many would argue that Cummins has earned the right to be considered the greatest of them all. 

Following his League debut for Tipperary in November 1993, Cummins went on to play at the top of the intercounty game for 19 consecutive seasons. He won two senior All Ireland medals, five Munster championships, four League titles and five All Star awards.

Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

From fearless shot-stopping to pinpoint accuracy on his puck-outs, Cummins was unrivalled in the consistency of his performances, a consistency underpinned by a sometimes punishing physical commitment, mental discipline and great attention to detail. He was the rock upon which Tipperary built their team under many managers and changes of personnel. 

Brendan Cummins’ story is the story of Tipperary hurling over the last two decades. The ups and downs. The dramas. The characters. From his senior championship debut in 1995 under Fr. Tom Fogarty to his final games under Eamon O’Shea, Cummins has seen it all. Standing My Ground is a remarkable account of an extraordinary career.

Liam Sheedy, Tipperary’s 2010 All-Ireland senior hurling championship winning manager, has penned the foreword for the book.

Liam Sheedy Liam Sheedy has written the foreword for 'Standing My Ground'. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Standing My Ground will be officially launched on Thursday, 15 October, at Semple Stadium’s Dome in Thurles.

GAA writer and fellow Tipperary native Jackie Cahill has co-written the book.

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