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'13 years at the top of his game' - tributes paid to retiring Tipperary great Maher

‘Inspirational. Driven. Leader.’

End of the road: Brendan Maher.
End of the road: Brendan Maher.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

IN THE WAKE of Brendan Maher’s inter-county retirement, tributes have been flowing in from around the country for the Tipperary great.

Maher, 32, brought the curtain down on a glittering hurling career yesterday after an illustrious 13 seasons which yielded three All-Ireland titles, five Munster crowns and three All-Star awards.

The Borris-Ileigh man was ever present for Tipp since making his senior debut in 2009, with his remarkable comeback from a cruciate injury something that has been discussed quite a lot since the retirement news was announced.

Maher sustained the cruel injury setback in June 2018, before helping Tipperary to Liam MacCarthy glory and himself to an All-Star the following season. That wasn’t all; he also starred as his beloved Borris won county and provincial crowns, and reached the All-Ireland final the following January.

Premier boss Liam Sheedy led the tributes, writing on Twitter: “Immense contribution in the dressing room, on the pitch and off the pitch. Leadership in abundance and a privilege to have managed him at both minor and senior.”

Sheedy also paid a heartfelt tribute on Tipp FM. “Inspirational, leader and driven,” was his response when asked for three words to describe Maher as the interview wound down.

Former team-mates, opponents, and others have also penned some lovely words for Maher on social media. “Pound-for-pound the most important player for Tipperary since 2009,” Eddie Brennan reckons, with Henry Shefflin hailing, “13 years at the top of his game”. 

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